Upper Elementary Resources


Click on the links below for activities centered around aerospace for your PreKinder through 2nd graders:



Build a Plane Powered by Stored Energy

Build a plane that is powered by stored energy from a rubber band, balloon or spring. The plane should be able to fly straight for 5 feet.



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Build a Lightweight Airplane Wing

Build a lightweight wing structure that is 12 inches long and can hold up a heavy load (weight) without deflecting.



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Engineering an Airfoil

Build a wing that can generate lift from a fan while carrying weight.



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Engineer a Communication Network

Plan and build a network to send communication signals in multiple directions to multiple people.



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Deploying a Satellite

Build a satellite with a 6-inch square body that can deploy its own solar wings and antennae, and can fit inside a 9-inch diameter tube.



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Engineering an Air-Powered Spinning Machine

Build an air-powered spinning machine inspired by Boeing CST-100 Starliner.



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Engineering a Self Deploying Device

Build a device that opens up when thrown in the air.



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Build a Rocket

Build a stomp rocket that can carry a ping pong ball and hit a target.



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Make a Water Transport Satellite

Make a satellite that can hold a cup of water and does not leak during a bumpy rocket launch.



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Design a Robotic Arm

Design a robotic arm that can move a marble, a straw, and a coin from the table into a cup without using your hands.



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Build a Helicopter

Build a helicopter that flies at least ten feet in the air and stays up for three seconds while carrying one penny.



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Build a Soundmaker

Build a machine that makes sound waves by vibrating itself or the air around it.



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Hack Box

Build a box that only you know how to open and is safe from hackers.



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Building a Plane Painting Machine

Make a plane painting machine to draw a design on your airplane.



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Engineering an Automated Wrapping Machine

Build a machine that can make plane fuselage by wrapping a mold just like Boeing’s carbon fiber placement machines.



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Make a Hydraulic Machine

Make a machine that uses a fluid to move and can lift at least 10 pennies.



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Engineering a Flow Control System

Build a system that controls the movement of material and shuts off automatically.



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Build a Long Spanning Wing

Build a wing that can support its own weight over a span of at least two feet. Inspired by Boeing’s Phantom Eye.



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Engineer a Fuel Level Detector

Engineer a sensor that can detect how much fuel is in your tank.



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Design a Sampling Aircraft

Build an aircraft that can collect air samples.



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Water Rockets

Water rockets are an excellent tool to learn about rockets, propulsion, and aerodynamics.



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Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology

Introduce elementary grade students to aerospace engineering.



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Hoop Gliders

Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!



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Design and Test a Parachute

Learn about air resistance while making an awesome parachute! Design one that can fall slowly to the ground before putting it to the test, making modifications as you go.



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Introduction to Flight

Give students an enjoyable introduction to the world of flight with some fun activities, interesting facts and cool demonstrations.



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Wind, Water and Wings

Investigating the weather and physics of flight.



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The Flight of Ameilia Earhart Unit

With an interactive timeline, a news writing activity, and historical context- discover the enduring legacy of an American hero.



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Stories of Wrights' Flight

Stories of the Wrights' Flight.



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