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Control a Bird’s Flight

In this engineering design challenge, learners make a bird and then control its flight with attached strings. As learners work their way through the design process, they can upload descriptions and images of their plans, designs, and testing process. If learners register, they can submit their work for mentor feedback, and a mentor will respond with comments and suggestions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • drinking straws
  • tape
  • string
  • milkshake straws
  • recycled plastic bag
  • sticks
  • (optional) modeling clay


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
    • Evolution
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Momentum and Velocity
    • States of Matter
      • Gases

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Model Building
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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