Course Information

Gliders are graceful non-powered planes that take off in the air with a simple thrust. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to more in-depth aerodynamics varying across age groups. They will be guided to design their own glider, cut out their desired shapes and assemble it all on their own. They can experiment with different concepts and test flight their planes.

Trainer will evaluate the flight performances and help to modify and improve on designs. Workshop will conclude with a mini competition where the participants whose plane flies the furthest will be rewarded by an encouragement prize.

Course Specifications

Key takeaways


Age group

Venue required

Room with tables and chairs for building, Field or Open space for testing of gliders.

Teaching Language 

Course Structure

  • Theory on basic aerodynamics - 30 mins
  • Design of glider (Indoors) - 30 mins
  • Fabrication of glider (Indoors) - 70 mins
  • Test Flight of glider (Outdoors) - 50 mins

3 hours

9 years old and above

Parent-child available

English | Mandarin available

**Each participant will take home one glider**

  1. Introductory flight principles, different types of airfoils, flight trajectories
  2. Essential factors for design of a glider
  3. Practical applications of math and science concepts through building the plane
  4. Material properties and airfoil shapes
  5. Craft work techniques – penknife, sandpaper, different types of glue

Participants will be designing the glider from scratch, deciding how each part should look like, and assembling it up. They will then learn how to trim the plane for flight performance. 

Flight science

Participants of this workshop will learn physics concepts like kinetic energy, four forces of flight, Newton's law of motions, flight trajectory, .center of gravity.


I wish we can have more days to learn and enjoy more often. This is probably the one module where I learn a lot. Flying a plane is the best experience. This makes me want to build more planes.

Student, Catholic High School