Classroom Activity

Rotor Motor
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 2-4


Helicopters are rotary-wing aircraft: The wing surface is rotated through the air to produce lift. In this activity, students make paper models that imitate the rotation of the rotor blades of a helicopter. Using tape from an audio or videocassette, students determine the number of rotations of the model as it falls through the air.

Rotor Motor [216KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Aeronautics Educator Guide.