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NASA's F/A-18 taking off.



Grade Levels

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


Physical Science, Flight and Aeronautics, Forces and Motion


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students will engage in a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight using different materials and shapes to determine which are the most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust.

Fan-tastic Forces (PDF)

Instructional Video

Other activities in this series:

3 … 2 … 1 … Takeoff!
Senses of Sound
Sound Effects
Shape Your Flight
X-Plane Glider Design Challenge
Lower the Boom Citizen Science Guide