My Airplane

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Author : Nilüfer Altındağ Sönmez


Our activity includues Science, technology, engineering and Maths. We conduct our activity with 11 years old students as online. We built a recaycled propeller plane by setting up a simple electrical circuit.

Learning, Planning and Preparation

One of our Science topic was “basic electrical circuits and a working circuit”.

At first, I started my lesson with asking questions about this topic such as “Which abilities do the livings and vehichles have for fling?” and “What do you know about propeller airplanes?” Next, I had some inferences from answers of my students.After that, I asked them to watch these two videos below about aviation.

Then, we had a discussion about “How to do a propeller airplane?”. After they had a idea I let them to drow their own propeller airplane.

Their common idea was making the airplane with using a basic electrical circuit. Because of that I asked some quesitons like “Which circuit components do you know?”, “What are the functions of …?” or “How can e make an airplane with a basic electrical circuit?”

Finally, we built consensus about how to do, we procured about the materials which we are going to use.


We used easy to find materials to do our recayled propeller airplane such as:

-Ice cream sticks

-Wooden skewers


-Bottle caps

-A DC Motor

-A rocer switch

-Connection wires

-A battary

-Hot slicone

-A slicone gun

We used simple steps for making our airplane. You can see the steps below.

Firstly, we sticked the battery between two ice cream sticks with hot slicone. Next, we sticked the DC Motor to the afterpart of the sticks (with slikone).

The students used our Maths topics for the third step. We took 2 more ice cream sticks and we measured the space between sticks with ruler by cut some line segments from wooden skewers in that long. For the third step they sticked them between the sticks so we could immobilize the ice cream sticks.

We bonded these two pieces to eachother with a 90 degree angle as the fifth step. After that, we put two legs to our airplane from the wooden skewers. Then, we sticked two bottle caps under the legs which we did from the skewers.

Finaly, we install a basic electrical circuit by using our Science lesson informations.

Our planes was ready to fly. All students tried to make their planes fly one by one and I asked students to take notes about the results of different desings.


I implemented this activity and i saw that is a useful way to learning with fun! The students hit the targets.

You can see the students’ assessment and photos below.

Student’ photos:

Students’ assessment:

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  1. Conguralations Mrs.Sönmez. I wish you more great projects for our dear students.

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