Building a Plane to Fly
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: See how the principles of flight are applied as you fly along with Gary Liming in his self-built plane.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: DAviation-38**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing the video, have learners name and explain any of the four principles of flight included and examples of that principle in action.
  • Use the video in conjunction with building student understanding of STEM vocabulary words such as drag, thrust, lift, and weight.
  • Use the video in conjunction with a STEM unit or activity on aviation as students build their own model airplanes and fly them.


*Topical videos are filmed on location in the classroom/workspace/laboratory, in studio, or a combination of both to explain and/or demonstrate specific concepts, events, topics, or processes.

**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.