Build A Plane

Build A Plane donates actual airplanes to schools across the United States for students to build or refurbish. Visit the BuildAPlane main web site at http://buildaplane.org/

There are more than 200 BuildAPlane.org project planes around the United States including Alaska.

Many of the projects have their own web sites and some include their building logs. We are encouraging all the projects to share their progress on the web. These are wonderful examples of the application of science, technology, engineering and math to aviation projects.

  • Hooper Bay, AK – Flight competition 2009
  • Chevak, AK
  • Talkeetna, AK
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Lake Placid, FL – 1958 Champ, EAA 1240 Young Eagles
  • Additional BuildAPlane.org projects

LOOK UP! – Educators Network

In the golden age of aviation, airplane enthusiasts looked up when a pilot flew overhead. In the 21st century, students continuously are looking down to their cellphones, video games, and other technologies. At Build A Plane, educators and students can recapture their appreciation for aerospace/aviation and improve academic achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In the LOOK UP! blog, educators have access to the following:

  • A community of aerospace/aviation educators
  • Build A Plane aerospace/education resources
  • Aerospace/aviation resources from partners
  • Events where members can collaborate such as Airventure
  • Barnstorming meetings when possible

An objective of the Look Up! blog is to build some connections between Build A Plane project groups. We encourage teams to publish their progress, too. We hope that there will be interaction between the teams – sharing information, asking questions, …

There is also an educational objective, too. We would like to provide resources to teams and their instructors and mentors. As we learn about web sites, articles, lesson plans, do-it-yourself videos that are appropriate to the Build A Plane projects teams and others interested in aviation and aerospace applications of math, science and engineering, we will pass those along.

Look Up! educational resources collection

If you have resources that you would like to share, please forward the information and we can feature it in the Look Up! blog and the Build A Plane Look Up! resources directory.

We want to provide information that is useful to you and other educators. We would like to support your work with the kids. We aren’t sure what is most helpful to you, but we would like to work with you to figure out how we can help. If we can be of assistance, please let us know. We are here to help!

How you can help

There are lots of ways to help promote education and aviation, in person, in the community and online. We call them “digital brownies” because the internet allows everyone to participate in new ways, even though the idea is as old as making brownies for bake sales. It is that simple!

  • promote aviation and education. Talk about how aviation,  science and math all tie together
  • add to the Build A Plane online resources collection . Find and share links to web sites related to aviation and education. We are building a resource library of great sites that can be used by kids, teachers and aviation enthusiasts to encourage  and educate anyone interested in learning more about aviation and plane building.
  • in your classroom, use aviation examples to demonstrate application of science, technology, engineering and math. We have lots of grade-level appropriate resources in our Build A Plane resources collection.
  • contribute your time and energy to youth projects – EAA Young Eagles, Aviation Explorers, and of course, Build A Plane projects.

We are open to suggestions, too. If you have ideas for projects, please let us know.


Come Fly With Me – Exploring Science K-6 and 7-9 through aviation and aerospace concepts.

Based on the work of David and Doreen Housel for the Michigan Aeronautics Commission. Many of the lessons are based on educational materials from NASA and a variety of aerospace companies, and are used with permission.

Using Come Fly With Me Activities

The 150+ activities explore science through aviation and aerospace concepts. There are activities for a wide range of science curriculum topics and grade levels. Some activities are simple, single lesson plans while others require equipment, preparation and cover a number of sessions.



Just Ask

Got questions? In addition to providing links to a growing collection of online aviation, aerospace and STEM educational resources, we have experts, advisers and friendly folks who would love to answer ANY questions.

Here are just a few contributors

  • Plane builders and restorers – RVs, Waco
  • EAA and AOPA members
  • Pilots
  • Shop teacher / A&P / Stearman owner
  • Blue Angels pilot
  • Women in aviation – Ninety-Nines, CFIs, ATPs, A&Ps
  • CFIs, CFIIs
  • FAA Examiners, FAA Medical Examiner
  • FAA Educational Reps
  • AOPA Educational Reps
  • 3D CAD Software Experts
  • Engineers
  • Math and science whizzes
  • Educators
  • and of course, other BuildAPlane project groups

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