Helicopter Twirl

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Learners cut and fold a paper helicopter from the template in this PDF. They practice twirling the helicopter and observe what happens as they modify their tries. The modifications can include different twirling motions, amounts of weight (paper clips) attached, and number of blades that rotate in the air as the helicopter drops. This activity can be combined with the Wind Tunnel activity, also found on the Lawrence Hall of Science 24/7 Science site.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Scissors
  • activity printout for helicopter blades
  • paper clip
  • scissors


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Gravity
      • Rotation Motion
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity
  • Toys
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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