Museum of Science and Industry


Make and Fly a Helicopter

Step 6 of 7: Try this

By experimenting with the weight or shape of your helicopter, you can change how it flies.  Cut out more helicopters to compare with your first helicopter. What happens when you:

  • Add a paper clip to the stem? Two paper clips?
  • Fold the stem to make it shorter?
  • Cut the blades shorter?
  • Cut jagged edges on the blades, or make the blades rounded?
  • Bend the blades the other way?
  • What other variations can you think of to test?

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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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