S.T.E.A.M. integrates Science & Technology, through Engineering, Art, & Mathematics to teach youth how to think critically and use technology to solve problems in innovative and imaginative ways. The principles of S.T.E.A.M. are foundational to the world of aviation and aerospace, where technology and human ingenuity have combined to achieve some of our greatest accomplishments – powered flight, jet propulsion, and even space travel.
Get inspired and creative with this collection of S.T.E.A.M. activities, experiments, and interactive media for all ages from organizations including Science World, Boeing, NASA, SpaceX, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and many more!
Fun for Kids (Grades K-4)
4 Forces of Flight Game
NASA Activity Book
Download this printable colouring & activity book. Work puzzles and learn new words about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Space Tech Fun Pad
Enjoy space-themed puzzles and activities with this fun, S.T.E.A.M. activity book.
Measuring like an Astronaut
Accurate measurement is key to engineering & design projects. Practice your measuring with these NASA items.
Space Station Emoji Math
Have fun with math and reasoning skills by solving these emoji puzzles.
Build a Straw Rocket
Build a paper rocket and test it with a drinking straw launcher!
Build a Paper Airplane
Choose your airplane style, a design and insignia, and then print, make and fly it!
Learn & Build (Grades 5-9 & up)
Four Forces of Flight
Ping Pong Ball Funnel Challenge
To help understand the principles of LIFT, try this simple challenge at home with a ping pong ball & a standard funnel.
Build a Paper Airplane
Recalling the Four Forces of Flight, test different paper airplane designs to see how they fly differently.
Fold ‘N Fly
Magnificent Flying Machines
Learn how airplanes control their flight by building your own glider with control surfaces.
Instructions & Template
Challenges of Flight
Learn about the challenges of building modern airliners from Boeing engineers, including the physics of flight and real-world limitations.
100 Years of Air Passenger Travel
Immerse yourself in five infographic illustrated scenes, each depicting an era of passenger flight.
Engineer a Jetliner
Experience the engineering design process as an aerospace engineer assigned to design and test a modern jet airplane.
Build a Space Lander
Build a Stomp Rocket
Space Smells Like Burnt Steak
Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield de-bunks common myths about space, NASA, and even time travel!
Design Innovation: The Swept Wing
Discover the secret origins of the swept wing design for airplanes and its critical advantages to modern jet flight.
Build a Long Spanning Wing
Engineer an Airfoil
Stealth: Flying Invisible
Learn the origins and engineering behind “stealth” aircraft such as the F-117 Nighthawk and F-22 Raptor and how they avoid radar detection.
Build a Communication Network
Explore the cockpits of the Erickson Aircraft Collection’s historic warbirds in 360-degree virtual reality.
Fun and educational, these four animated mini-games are based on the early days of flight. (Gr. K-4)
Command the Mars Rover to explore the surface of Mars and gather scientific research data! (Gr. K-4)
Design an Air Racer
Build your own Air Racer by choosing between different parts. Test your design in a race to see how your airplane performs. (Gr. 5-9)
First Flight Around the World
Help complete the first flight around the world by planning the flight route, outfitting the airplane and managing key problems along the way. (Gr. 5-9)
Engineering the WRIGHT Way
Enter the Wrights’ workshop and try your hand at the tools and tests that led the Wrights from bicycle manufacturing to building an airplane. (Gr. 5-9)
Fun, arcade-style flight simulator game with multiple levels and challenges. (Gr. 5-12)
Tuskegee Airmen Flight Leader
Take command of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen squadron on a WWII mission in this decision-based simulator. (Gr. 8-12)
SpaceX Docking Simulator
Carefully dock the SpaceX Dragon II with the International Space Station. (Gr. 8-12)
GeoFS Flight Simulator
A realistic, free online flight simulator. Choose your aircraft and get flying. Joystick compatible, but not required. (Gr. 8-12)
For even more fun & exciting Aviation S.T.E.A.M. resources, check out the following sites:
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