Have you read about Savannah the engineer yet (see page 34)? Designing and building things is a great way to use the incredible mind Heavenly Father has given you!

Here’s a cool project to make with your family. After you finish it, keep going and try something else. Maybe a rubber band–powered car? Be sure to get an adult’s help.

Paper-Airplane Launcher

  • wooden board

  • hammer and nails

  • one large rubber band or several smaller rubber bands connected

  • paper clip

  • your favorite paper airplane

  1. 1.

    Hammer two nails into the end of a flat board, as shown. Place the nails at least 6 inches (15 cm) wider than the widest part of your paper airplane.

  2. 2.

    Connect the rubber band(s) between the nails.

  3. 3.

    Tape a partly unfolded paper clip on the tip of your airplane, as shown.

  4. 4.

    Hook the clip over the rubber band, pull back, and launch!