Aviation
Science Fair Projects
Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Research parachutes by building one and performing different experiments [E]
How does the shape of a parachute affect the descent rate of a given load? [E]
Test different sized parachutes to see how changes in the size of the parachute affect flight. [E]
The Effect of Parachute Material on Parachute Descent Speed [E]
Will the balloon with hot air go higher than the one with cold air? [E] [E] [E]
Find out why different boomerangs fly different ways [P] [E]
Kite, Glider And Hot Air Balloon Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Airplane Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Propeller, Rotor and Blade Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Rocket Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Arrows & Projectiles Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Study six aerodynamic attributes of airfoil design and understand how they affect lift and drag forces. [E]
Mimicking fruit fly response patterns for threat evasion of airborne machines [P] [P]
Investigate how changing the angle of a butterfly's wing, relative to the wind, changes the lift force of the wing. [E]
The Effect of Vane Tilt Angles on the Speed of a Revolving Lantern [E]
The Effect of the Mount Point of a Parachute on the Ride Height of an Acura RSX Land Speed Vehicle [E]
Demonstrate that the more aerodynamically shaped and smother an object's surface is, the lower the object's drag coefficient will be. [E]
Explore the relationship between thrust and voltage of an asymmetric capacitor as a means of generating air thrust (The Biefeld-Brown effect / electrohydrodynamics (EHD). [E]
Explore the aerodynamics of flying rings: What effect do various design modifications (e.g., increasing weight near perimeter, increasing weight near center, curving the leading edge, decreasing the size of the center cut-out) have on flight distance? [E]
Is the procedure employed by air traffic controllers to controll air traffic efficient? [E] [P]
Determine the effect of rate of spin, thrust, and launch angle on a Frisbee's flight tendencies. [E] [E] [E]
How to make a model of the Lunar Lander [E] [P]
What shape parachute (circle, square, rectangle, triangle or ellipse) will slow your fall down the best? [E] [E]
Research parachutes by building one and performing different experiments [E]
Why different boomerangs fly different ways? [P] [E]
Show how well the Kutta-Joukowski Lift Theorem explains Magnus Force on spinning cylinders. [E]
Kite, Glider And Hot Air Balloon Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Airplane Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Propeller, Rotor and Blade Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Rocket Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Arrows & Projectiles Science Fair Projects and Experiments
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
The effect of the number of the blades of a ceiling fan on noise and the room occupants' feeling. [E]
Why do wind turbines have three narrow blades, but ceiling fans have five wide blades? [E]
The mathematical relationship between spoiler angle and traction produced. [E]
Kite, Glider And Hot Air Balloon Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Airplane Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Propeller, Rotor and Blade Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Rocket Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Arrows & Projectiles Science Fair Projects and Experiments
R=Resource
Science Fair Projects Resources [R]
Citation Guides, Style Manuals, Reference [R]
Safety Resources [R] [R]
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