STEAM Stop: Flight

Cartoon image of airplane, kite, bird, helicopter


At this all-ages STEAM Stop, you'll learn about the four forces of flight while seeing them in action! Use the links below to find fun activities you can do at home and choose one (or two or three) that work for you. 

Each instructional sheet includes 2-3 fun STEAM activities you can do from home, a supply list, and step-by-step instructions. 

The Four Forces of Flight

Have you ever thrown a Frisbee and wondered how it flies?  Four forces work together to keep the Frisbee in the air: lift, thrust, drag, and weight.  As the Frisbee flies through the air, lift holds it up.  Thrust comes from your arm when you throw the Frisbee.  Drag comes from the air, slowing the Frisbee down as it moves through it.  Weight comes from gravity pulling the Frisbee back down to the ground.  These same forces allow airplanes, helicopters, rockets, birds, and butterflies to fly. 


Learn more about the four forces of flight at the links below

Airplanes and Helicopters



Related Books: Non-fiction

Origami planes by Catherine Ard
Bats : learning to fly by illustrator 1985- Falynn Koch

Related Books: Fiction

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Also available in: e-audiobook
Flying the dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Tiny little rocket by illustrator Richard Collingridge
Flight school by Lita Judge
Flight 1-2-3 by Maria Van Lieshout
R is for rocket by Tad Hills
Just a kite by illustrator 1943- Mercer Mayer

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