First in Flight

Activity Summary

Students will make a paper airplane and test its flight time.

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Required Materials

  • Measuring tape
  • Stopwatch
  • One sheet of copy paper (per team)
  • Paper airplane designs
    • The Sprinter
    • The Phoenix
    • The Spear
    • The UFO

 Before the activity, set up an area in a large room, such as a gymnasium, for testing the planes. A standardized flying area should be created using masking tape to mark the starting point.

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