STEAM Paper Airplane with Gelli Arts®

STEAM Paper Airplane with Gelli Arts®


·      Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) create a model for their own paper airplane.

·      SWBAT define the word aeronautics.

·      SWBAT study examples of model airplanes.


Have you ever flown in an airplane?

Have you ever made a paper airplane?

Have you ever had a contest with friends to see whose airplane will go the farthest or highest?

What did you or would you do to accomplish this?

  • True/False: Design, weight and rudders are all things that can affect paper airplane flight. (True)
  • True/False: Engineers consider the purpose (cargo, speed, distance) of the airplane before designing it. (True)
  • True/False: Engineers make models of things like airplanes to test their ideas in a laboratory setting before they build the real thing? (True)
  • True/False: When an engineer designs and builds something, it usually works the first time and they are done? (False: Engineers almost always have to redesign something several times before it is finished.)


Gelli Arts® Mini Stamps, brayers, acrylic paint in multiple colors, mark making tools, stencils, paper 8.5 x 11-inch piece per student (teacher choice), newsprint, masking tape (to tape newsprint to table), baby wipes, aprons, pencils, and paper airplane templates, which can be found here:


·      Aviation – A flying or operating aircraft; air travel.

·      Aeronautics – The science of practice of travel through the air.

·      Airplane – a powered flying vehicle with fixed wings and a weight greater than that of the air it displaces. It is made up of many parts: nose, fuselage (body), leading edges, canopy (cockpit), wing, fin, trailing edge, and tail areas (horizontal and vertical stabilizer).

·      Model – A three-dimensional representation of a proposed structure, typically on a small scale.

·      Transportation – The action of moving someone or something; the process of being transported.

·      Aerodynamics – The study of the effects of bodies moving relative to gases, especially the interaction of moving objects with the atmosphere.


Students study examples of paper airplanes and then create their own paper airplane models.


  • These directions are for a classic airplane. There are other examples in the website provided in the supplies section.

·      Paper Airplane

  • Start with an 8.5 x 11-inch paper. Create the main center by folding in half lengthwise and crease. This should bring the two longer sides together so that the edges touch.
  • Fold the top corners in to the center line you just created. Make the fold nice and crisp.
  • Fold the angled edge into the center. Take the new angled sides and fold them both in to meet at the center fold.
  • Fold along the center line. This fold should hide all of the other folds inside.
  • Fold down the wings. Bring down the two top flaps to make the wings. Crease nice and crisp.
  • You have a completed classic airplane!



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