Paper planes: a perfect performer

In this activity children design paper planes and devise rules for their class competition and will cover ideas about air resistance and fair testing.

Description

A  competition at Leeds University discovered Britain's best paper plane.  Nicknamed 'Spruce Moose' and designed by student Steve Bond, the plane flew for an impressive seven seconds.  This activity gets children designing paper planes and devising rules for their own class competition.  Through so doing, they will cover ideas about air resistance and fair testing.

Learning Objective:

-    Air resistance is a force that slows objects moving through air

Children will learn:

-    How to plan a fair test

-    Streamlined shapes overcome the force of air resistance more effectively than shapes that are not streamlined

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Acknowledgements

These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.