Tumble Wing Walkalong Glider

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In this physics activity (page 2 of the PDF), learners will construct their own walkalong glider. They will explore how air, though invisible, surrounds and affects other objects. Learners will discover that air is made up of molecules that exert pressure on objects. Though this activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, it makes a great stand-alone activity as well.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Phone book paper (or any light weight paper)
  • 3-4 Pieces of large cardboard or plexiglass material. Approximately 4-6’ in surface area.
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Pencils


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Physical Activity
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • COSI on Wheels Teacher Packs


  • All rights reserved, COSI Columbus, 2009

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