Origami Flying Disk

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In this three-part activity, learners use paper to explore Bernoulli's Principle — fast-moving air has lower pressure than non-moving air. First, learners observe what happens when they hold a paper strip between their lips and blow. Then, learners conduct another test to examine how airplane wings provide lift. Finally, learners make an origami flying disc using only paper, tape, and their newfound knowledge of Bernoulli's Principle.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration


Materials List (per student)

  • scissors
  • paper, 8.5 in x 11 in
  • tape, transparent
  • ruler


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Projectile Motion
      • Newton's Laws

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Physical Activity
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Tymony, Cy


  • All rights reserved, Make Projects, 2011