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Take Off With Airplane Science!


Take Off With Airplane Science!

Who isn’t fascinated with airplanes? How can something so big and so heavy actually fly? The secret lies with molecules in the air around us. Using Take Off With Airplane Science!, even elementary school-aged kids are able to grasp fundamental physical concepts such as Bernoulli’s Principle and air pressure. Going on a trip? What better travel entertainment than experiments and activities that can be done in the airport and on the plane (nearly all materials are included)!

Mini-course is provided as a 27-page PDF, with a separate Science Tool Kit PDF to use to collect your badges

Prefer a printed mini-course?  Take Off With Airplane Science! is also available as a beautiful workbook here on

 Course Contents

  • Story: Want to be a pilot?  Travel along with Pilot Anna to learn about the forces that act on airplanes and how planes are designed to fly.
  • Activity 1: Playing with Air Pressure. Test your new knowledge of Bernoulli’s Principle to make household items lift into the air!
  • Activity 2: Let’s Fly! Time to make your own airplane (complete with rudder and elevators). Use the Experimental Journal for your observations and to tweak your design!
  • Activity 3: Pressure Pop. Experiment with changes in air pressure. Make a hypothesis and test your predictions!
  • Activity 4: Animal Flight Matching Game. We have a lot to learn from birds! See if you can match wing shape to the type of flight.
  • Curiosity Connector. Use these links to learn more about airplanes and flight controls.
  • Tools for Your Tool Kit. See if you can answer all the questions about airflow and airplane design to earn Tools for your Science Tool Kit.
  • Glossary. Learn key terms for understanding flight and airplane design.

Concepts and Ideas

Take Off With Airplane Science! includes the following Disciplinary Core Ideas as described in the Next Generation Science Standards: 

Forces and Motion (PS2.A), Optimizing the Design Solution (ETS1.C)

How to Purchase

After checking out and purchasing the mini-course via PayPal, you will receive an email from Be Naturally Curious with a link to download the mini-course PDF. Your PDF will be stamped with your name and transaction number. You will also receive a link to download a Science Tool Kit PDF.  Please print this and use it to collect your Tool badges.

Illustrations by Charlie Alolkoy.




Take Off With Airplane Science!

Deborah McArthur

About Deborah McArthur

Deborah McArthur is a science educator and writer who is passionate about connecting people to the wonders of the physical and natural world. With a BS in Marine Biology and an MS in Environmental Studies, her path has led her through the Swiss Alps, Rocky Mountains, Alaskan rainforest, Pacific Northwest, and back to the coastal redwoods of her native California. Deborah’s experience includes outdoor education, teaching college courses, and designing educational programs and resources for museums and science centers. Deborah writes a regular column and blog - the Nature Connection. She loves kayaking, gardening, and traveling with her family.

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