Learn by doing! Discover for yourself the answers to things you've always wondered about flight. Explore wing shapes and other factors affecting lift in How Wings Work, design and make your own Paper Airplane, take the Distance Challenge, and see the Forces of Flight in action. You can even practice flying with the Controlled Flight simulator or by building a rocket in Rocket Lab.

Paper Airplane activity

Create Your Own Paper Airplane

Design a paper airplane, print it, and fly it.  

Rocket Lab Activity

Rocket Lab

You're a rocket engineer! Design and launch rockets into space.

Distance Challenge

Distance Challenge

Fly a virtual airplane to your friends and see how far it can travel.  

Controlled Flight Activity

Controlled Flight

Learn about control, then try to fly different airplanes.  

Forces of Flight

Build an airplane and master the forces of flight with it.  

How Wings Work

How Wings Work

Experiment with different wing shapes and see why they work.  

Paper Airplane Gallery

Paper Airplane Gallery

Check out the many possible designs.  

Hands-on Experiments

Experiment with the forces of flight at home.

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