Paper Airplanes and Aerodynamics
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Can building a paper airplane be more than just folding a piece of paper? It can be if you’re the world record holder for longest paper airplane flight. Learn from four time world record holder Ken Blackburn as he shows how the principles of aerodynamics used in the commercial and military aviation industry apply to building and flying a paper airplane too.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Aviation-18**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with a STEM activity that has students design their own paper airplanes and then test each design for length of flight, directness of flight, and other criteria of your choice.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.