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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Weight, gravity, lift, aerodynamics

Introduction

Have you ever seen a helicopter flying through the air? Have you ever wondered how they fly—or if you could try flying one yourself? This fun activity will help you get started at home building a simple paper helicopter. And you will learn a little bit about what keeps these amazing vehicles aloft.

Credits

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Computer with access to a printer to print the whirlybird template. (If you do not have access to a printer, you can use a ruler and pencil to draw your own whirlybird template based on the online one.)
  • Printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Several paper clips
  • A safe, high place from which to drop the whirlybirds (You could have an adult help you stand on a chair or choose a balcony with safe railing, for example.)
  • Optional: stopwatch
    Materials needed for a whirlybird STEM activity

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Weight, gravity, lift, aerodynamics
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