Ready Set Fly

Inspired by Flugtag, the human-powered flying machine event, we turned our Hands-On Science Workshop into a flying machine shop where you’ll get to learn all about the forces of flight, build your own flying machines, and test them out on our human-powered launcher.



Electricity and Magnetism: Art Machines, Circuits, Robotics

Engineering and Invention

Force and Motion: Gravity, Mechanisms

Music and Art



  • Essential Materials:

  • Masking tape

  • Index cards

  • Craft sticks

  • Paper

  • Cardboard

  • Optional Materials:

  • Craft Wire

  • Aluminum foil

  • Markers

  • Foam craft sheet

  • String

  • Wooden dowels

  • Duct tape

  • Binder Clips

  • Paperclips

  • Rubber bands

  • Tools:

  • Scissors

  • Flying Machine Launcher, Optional (Note: If you’re unable to build a launcher, the flying machines can be launch manually from a high place, paper-airplane style.)

safety issues


flight, wide open spaces, constructionist, making, creating, indoor, outdoor, artsy, crafty


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