Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014) calls for integrating into the classroom real-world activities that connect mathematical ideas to other subjects and contexts. Motivated by the desire to make these connections, we devised a paper airplane design task to engage students in various STEM concepts.
Dittika Gupta, firstname.lastname@example.org, is an assistant professor in the curriculum and teaching department at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She is interested in teacher preparation and lesson study and enjoys designing interactive activities that foster thinking.
Lara K. Dick, email@example.com, is an assistant professor in the mathematics department at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She is interested in preservice and in-service teachers' noticing of children's mathematical thinking.
Edited by Melissa M. Soto, firstname.lastname@example.org, an assistant professor of mathematics education in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University in California
Mollie H. Appelgate, email@example.com, a mathematics teacher educator at Iowa State University in Ames.