This fun engineering activity challenges students to create a plane that can fly far. Students can build and test their planes until they create a design that flies the farthest.
- Pool noodles
- Foam tray
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Create the fuselage, or body, using pool noodles (students can test various lengths). Students may decide to leave the fuselage with straight areas in the front and back or have a slanted front and a straight back.
- Cut slots in both sides of the fuselage.
- Cut triangular shaped wings from the cardboard. Some students may decide to use the foam trays to create the wings.
- Insert the wings into the slots.
- Cut a small slit in the back end of the fuselage to insert small cardboard tails.
- Insert an Easter egg into the front of the fuselage to create a nose cone for the plane. Place pennies inside the eggs to add more weight to the front of the plane.
- Fly the planes!
- Keep building and testing to determine which combination of fuselage, wings and additional items will allow the plane to fly the farthest.