If you visited me here yesterday, you probably saw my “remodeling mess.” I tried to install a new theme, and completely failed! There were puffins in my header for about 10 minutes- not quite little robins! Thankfully, I had some tech support and all is well now. But what did I learn? I am way behind on my tech skills. That doesn’t stop me from loving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and..ahem...math) though!
Miss H did a science enrichment class a couple of weeks ago. When I picked her up, she told me all about her “airplane” that she made. She slipped something into my purse and I forgot to look at it until a few days later. When I dug it out of my purse, I couldn’t figure out how this airplane was supposed to fly. It turns out it was actually a helicopter, and it was awesome. Miss H had so much fun showing me how it worked, and flying it from different heights.
I sat down and made a template, and H and I have made a couple of helicopters since. One great thing about this helicopter is that it can be used with preschoolers, but also older children. I honestly think that making something with a template and calling it STEM is cheating a little. There needs to be experimenting, changing, and observations.
Suggested experiments for preschoolers
- Drop it from different heights
- Add paper clips to the bottom to increase weight
- Fold up the tail to redistribute the weight
Suggested experiments for older kids
- Use a timer to see how long it takes to hit the floor at different distances
- Experiment with making a helicopter out of different types of paper
- “Race” two helicopters that have different weights
- Adjust the lengths of the propellers by folding, cutting, etc.
Get your printable here!
If you try it, I’d love to hear about it!