Kite, Glider, and Hot Air Balloon
Science Fair Projects
Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Find out if a bigger hot air balloon will go higher than a smaller one. [E]
Which material is best for hot air balloons: nylon or polyester? [E] [P] [P]
Make Your Own Origami Paper Balloon [E] [E] [E] [E]
See if the size of the nozzle of a balloon affects how far the balloon goes. [E]
Will the balloon with hot air go higher than the one with cold air? [E] [E] [E]
How friction works on a CD balloon hovercraft? [P]
Create your own hot-air balloons and use them to determine how the size of the balloon affects how long it can fly. [E]
Make a simple sled kite to use in a series of experiments to test different variables important for flight. [E]
Research the science of kites and build and fly your own. [E]
Aviation & Aerodynamics Science Fair Projects and Experiments

Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Design a Kite that Flies Best in Low Winds [E]
Determine how varying the temperature would affect the rate of Helium escape in Helium-filled latex balloons. [E]
Determine the effect of changing the bridle point—the point where the kite string, or control line, attaches to the bridle—on the kite's flying height, while keeping the length of control line constant. [E]
Research the science of kites and build and fly your own. [E]
Measure the change in flight characteristics of gliders resulting from changes in glider design. [E]
Aviation & Aerodynamics Science Fair Projects and Experiments

High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Follow in the steps of Wright Brothers and repeat their experiments with kites [E]
Analyse of the Effects of Varying Aspect Ratios on a Toy Glider's Flight [E] [E]
Aviation & Aerodynamics Science Fair Projects and Experiments
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