Upper Elementary Lessons & Resources

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.

Build a Helicopter

Build a helicopter that flies 10' in the air, stays up for 10 seconds, and carries a payload of 1 penny

Build a Soundmaker

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

Building an Airplane Painting Machine 

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

Build a Long Spanning Wing

Build a wing that can support its own weight over a span of at least 2'

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.

Build a Rocket

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

Collect air samples

Build an airplane that collects air samples

Design a Robotic Arm

Design a robotic arm that can move a variety of light weight objects from a table into a cup without using your hands

Deploying a Satellite

Build a satellite that can deploy its own solar wings and antennae

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.

Engineer a Fuel Level Detector

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

Engineering an Airfoil

Build a wing that can generate lift

Engineering a Self Deploying Device

Build a device that opens up when thrown into the air

Engineering a Flow Control System

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

Engineering an Automated Wrapping Machine

Build a machine that can make a plane fuselage by wrapping a mold (just like Boeing's carbon fiber placement machines)

Engineering an Air-Powered Spinning Machine

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

Engineer a Communication Network

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

The Flight of Amelia Earhart Unit

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

Hack a Box (Security Systems Engineering)

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

Hoop Gliders

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

Make a Hydraulic Machine

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

Make a Water Transport Satellite

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

RISE Above Resources

Free resources about the Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Stories of Wrights' Flight

Stories of the Wrights' Flight.

Ultra-efficient Engine Technology

Introduce elementary grade students to aerospace engineering.

Water Rockets

Water rockets are an excellent tool for learning about rockets, propulsion, and aerodynamics.

Wind, Water, and Wings

Investigating the weather and physics of flight.

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