Hoop Glider

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In this activity, learners will experiment with the physics of flight by making a gliding contraption with strange looking wings. The activity explores flight with connections to the natural world. Includes templates, step by step instructions with video and a "What's going on" section relating the activity to the natural world. Requires some scissor use.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Straw or piece of carton to make a straw (see template pg. 2 of pdf)
  • Long strip of paper
  • Short strip of paper
  • Tape
  • Crayons or markers (optional for decoration)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Toys


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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