Paper Airplanes

It’s the stuff of American heroes. Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1932. The Mercury 7 astronauts came from airplane flight backgrounds to become the first Americans in space, starting with Alan Shepard in 1961. Were any of you born in 1961? We have done amazing things with flight in the last 100-plus years since the Wright Brothers first took to the skies in 1903.

Let’s learn about flight by folding and experimenting with paper airplanes. The basic lesson is for students in grades 3-6. For older students (in fifth and sixth grades or older), you may wish to add one or more of the advanced lessons at the end. Paper airplanes are fun for students of all ages!