STEM Challenge Designing Helicopters

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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Helicopters in the classroom? This is such a fun STEM activity. Students will fold a paper helicopter and explore the effects of using different kinds of paper, different sizes, adding weights, and folding differently. Which combinations of variables will produce the best flight? Can the students apply what they have learned? Will their modifications create the ultimate helicopter?

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What is the challenge?

Students will use different sizes of paper strips and different types of paper to experiment with making twirly-bird helicopters. They will keep data tables and then use their results to design the ultimate paper helicopter.

The entire experience will take 3-4 class sessions to complete.

This package specifically contains

  • Cover sheet
  • Table of Contents
  • Materials Needed Page
  • Overview Page
  • Pattern templates for two sizes of helicopters
  • 8 pages of step-by-step procedures and helpful hints for each step of the design process and lessons
  • Photos
  • 3-page Lab Sheet set
  • Lab sheet set with possible answers
  • Constraints of the Task Sheet
  • 3-page scoring rubric
  • All forms are provided in an editable format!

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes paper- All kinds; scissors, tape, rulers, paper clip; art supplies; launching area

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