The nature of the AHS 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) aircrafts can hover, take off, and land vertically - not an easy feat! Only helicopters, cyclocopters, cyclogiros, tiltrotors, and special types of fixed-wing aircrafts can do this.

AHS Resources

Gyroscopic Wheel Activity (pdf manual) Download - Courtesy of the AHS PSU Chapter


Rubberband Helicopter Activity (pdf manual) Download


Introduction to Helicopters PPT Lesson – Middle School Level


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