How to Make a Gyrocopter Out of Paper

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A paper gyrocopter is a simple model of a helicopter. This project can be used as an experiment to allow students and other children to apply and evaluate scientific methods such as gravity, air, mass and size. A gyrocopter can be created with simple items lying around your home. With just a few simple steps, you can create an informative science lesson that is fun for all.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • One sheet of paper
  • Pinking shears or scissors
  • One paper clip
  • Elevated area or chair

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  1. 1

    Measure a 6 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch strip on your paper with a ruler and mark it with the pencil.

  2. 2

    Cut out the strip using the scissors. Using pinking shears may make your gyrocopter fly a little better, but one cut with scissors will work.

  3. 3

    Hold strip lengthwise and measure 3 inches in with your ruler. Make a mark with the pencil. Find the middle by marking the short edge of one end at 3/4 inch.

  4. 4

    Cut a slit from the 3/4-inch mark to the 3-inch mark.

  5. 5

    Fold the two strips down opposite one another. These form the wings of the gyrocopter.

  6. 6

    Attach the paper clip to the bottom of the gyrocopter for weight. Now you're ready to fly.

  7. 7

    Go to an elevated area or stand on a chair and drop the gyrocopter. Watch it spiral to the floor.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when standing on a chair or elevated area.
  • Watch where you drop the gyrocopter.

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