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3 … 2 … 1 … Takeoff! Create Your Very Own X-Plane

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Artist concept of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology X-plane, or QueSST.



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Informal Education


Physical Science, Flight and Aeronautics, Forces and Motion


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students construct small paper airplanes and launch them by blowing air through a drinking straw. Students then examine how the four forces of flight and Newton’s Third Law of Motion affect the plane.

3 … 2 … 1 … Takeoff! (Simple for Grades K-5)
3 … 2 … 1 … Takeoff! (Simple for Grades K-5 Spanish Version)
3 … 2 … 1 … Takeoff! (Complex for Grades 5-8)
3 … 2 … 1 … Takeoff! (Complex for Grades 5-8 Spanish Version)


Instructional Video

Supporting Videos
X-59: How Sound Travels
X-59: Sonic Booms Explained
A History of NASA’s X-Planes


This Next Gen STEM activity is part of the “Aeronaut-X” lessons. Other activities in this series:
Fan-tastic Forces
Senses of Sound
Shape Your Flight
Sound Effects
X-Plane Glider Design Challenge
Lower the Boom Citizen Science Guide