Middle School

Paper Airplane Game

Volunteers lead students through an interactive game of prototyping and mass production, where student collaboration and team-building lead to success.  Students work together in groups to design, engineer and test paper airplanes, select their prototype design win, and assess their manufacturing capability as that design goes through their assembly line.  

Students experience first-hand how mathematics is key to understanding manufacturing performance and maximizing profit.

The Lean Paper Airplane Game is a fun and engaging activity for 6th – 8th graders that incorporates key STEM and Supply Chain concepts with realistic industry manufacturing experiences.     

STEM Concepts

  • Measuring success (Math)
  • Prototype design (Engineering)
  • Quality and testing (Engineering)           

Supply Chain Concepts

  • Mass production
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Metrics

Students are introduced to:

  • Four areas of supply chain – Source, Make, Deliver, Reuse/Recycle
  • Lead time
  • Manufacturing bottlenecks
  • Work in progress (WIP)
  • Productivity