STEM Engineering Activity Designing Helicopters

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STEM Activity: Helicopters in the classroom? This is 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?

Note: This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!:

Specific parts in the activity include:
In the Ask and Imagine steps students will be introduced to the task, practice using the helicopters and explore by changing parts of the helicopters and adding weights.
In the Plan and Create steps students will learn about the variables involved. They will test specific variables and keep data tables of their results. The data gathered will inform the entire class of the best combinations of kinds of paper, size, and weight create the best flights.
In the Improve and Present steps students will examine the data gathered and determine how they want to design a final helicopter. They will be able to decorate their copters and finally test their creations and present the finals designs to the class.

Vocabulary pages (11 words) used throughout the study are included which includes a word wall set has a strip with the word and a second strip with the meaning. A full color word wall set is provided and a black/white set.

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

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes:
• Paper- All kinds! Examples: card stock, copy paper, paper plates, construction paper, index cards
• Scissors, tape, rulers, paper clips
• Art supplies: crayons, markers, colored pencils
• Launching area

This package specifically contains;
Cover sheet; Table of Contents; Materials Needed Page, Overview Page, Poster set of the Engineering Design Process; 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; Things to Do While Working in Groups sheet; 3-page scoring rubric; 2-page Vocabulary sheet; Set of Vocabulary Word strips and meaning strips with color and a set in black and white.

You might also enjoy the perfect companions to this package:
Paper Airplanes
Canister Rockets

Even better, purchase all three sets, plus some bonus items, in a money-saving bundle!
STEM Engineering Activity Bundle- Airplanes, Helicopters, and Rockets!

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STEM Engineering Activity Designing Helicopters
STEM Engineering Activity Designing Helicopters
STEM Engineering Activity Designing Helicopters
STEM Engineering Activity Designing Helicopters