The nature of the VFS STEM program is meant to be rotorcraft specific and to educate teachers and students on how to use helicopter and vertical lift technology as an instrument for generating interest in science and engineering and to demonstrate through rotorcraft examples that mathematics and science play an important role in designing, creating and improving vertical lift technology.


These tools and resources will assist educators and students interested and excited about vertical flight technology.

PSU Rotor Day Collage

What is VTOL?

Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft can hover, take off, and land vertically - not an easy feat! Only helicopters, cyclocopters, tiltrotors, and special types of fixed-wing aircraft can do this.

VFS Resources

Gyroscopic Wheel Activity (College Level) -Courtesy of the VFS PSU Chapter

Gyroscopic Wheel Activity (High School Level) - Courtesy of the VFS PSU Chapter

Rubberband Helicopter Activity (pdf manual) Download


Introduction to Helicopters PPT Lesson – Middle School Level


Paper Helicopter


Whirly Twirly

NASA ResourcesNASA logo

Introduction to Aviation Physics: PDF Lesson Download

Drag and Aircraft Design: PDF Lesson Download

Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics: Website

Other External Resources

How Helicopters Work: Webpage

How Helicopters Fly: Webpage

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Flight School: Webpage