Smallpeice Trust releases aircraft-themed DIY STEM kit

The STEM education charity has released a Think Kit that challenges students to design and build an electrically-powered glider

STEM education charity the Smallpeice Trust has released a DIY STEM project kit that focuses on aircraft design, challenging pupils to build an electrically-powered glider.

Pupils are encouraged to work in teams to see who can design and build a glider that flies the furthest.

Think Kits are designed to complement the national curriculum for STEM, and aim to provide teachers with real-world applications of these subjects to share with pupils.

Sarah Bennett, careers coordinator at the Kingsley School in Leamington Spa, said: “The Kingsley School were delighted to be asked to work with the Smallpeice Trust to trial its new and improved glider Think Kit. Our young engineering club enjoyed exploring all that the kit contained. The kit is well-packaged, containing all you need to build a powered glider over a series of weeks.”

Each kit includes lesson plans, worksheets, and guidance videos, along with all the resources needed to build five gliders. The project is designed to work over a nine-week period, for five teams of four students.

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