Paper Airplane Olympics

This Paper Airplane Olympics activity & project also includes:

Calling all paper airplane Olympians! After setting up a paper airplane course, teams design a paper airplane given specific constraints. They then measure the distance of their throws and determine the most optimal designs in the class.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Instruct students to create a time-distance graph that represents the speed of their paper airplanes
  • Have pupils compare their graphs to a time-distance equation to see which of two planes has a greater speed
Classroom Considerations

  • Set up the paper airplane course ahead of time
  • Assumes learners can measure in centimeters and inches with appropriate measuring tools
  • Ensure learners are not disturbing other classes when throwing their airplanes in the hallway
Pros

  • A fun activity for an after school science program
  • Promotes creativity while working within specifications
  • Comes with materials and constraints lists
Cons

  • None