FT STEM – Building Airplanes

Flite Test has been showing how to build inexpensive, battery powered remote control model aircraft out of foam board for years. Their YouTube channel has half a million subscribers.

Flite Test has created FT STEM. The K thru 12 curriculum teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles through hands-on aircraft activities that address national standards for each grade level.

Good news! Student engagement will not be a problem.


Airplanes vs. Robots

Many STEM programs revolve around robots. While robotics is becoming an important 21st century skill, spending hours in front of a keyboard debugging control programs or working with…  learn more

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Claira's First Flight

This video shows the first flight of the final version of the MF-35 Thunder, designed and built by Claira, an 8th grade student. And it shows some of…  learn more


According to the FT STEM site, the initial start up cost for FT STEM is similar to a robotics program at approximately $100 per student. However that initial…  learn more

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DIY Toothless

This video from MESArc shows Megan and Susannah trying to tame the Toothless Dragon! This video shows that you learn from failure and the value of not accepting…  learn more

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Flite Fest - Kids (of all ages) and their airplanes

This video from Flite Fest – an annual Flite Test meetup – shows kids, of all ages, having fun and learning new things, creating and building airplanes of…  learn more

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STEM Exemplars

Here you will find lessons, projects and activities created by FT STEM students and teachers. The articles can be filtered by grade level and type.  learn more

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Students Create Their Own Aircraft

Claira, an 8th grade student, came up with the idea of turning the MESArc MF-35 Lightning model aircraft design into a workable delta style wing. Her goal was…  learn more

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The FT Safety 5

Safety is an integral part of the FT STEM program. The goals of this example safety module include creation of a 5-rule safety program to be used during…  learn more

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Flite Test STEM Curriculum

The FT STEM curriculum has modules for all grade levels, K thru 12, providing real-world learning opportunities that expose students to careers in science and technology, and emphasizing…  learn more

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FT STEM Introductory Video

Flite Test STEM is an educational program that helps students soar. Developed by Flite Test, a company specializing in the design and production of remote-controlled (RC) aircraft, the…  learn more