Paper Airplane Tournament
These instructions will guide your students in making paper airplanes and competing in two categories: distance traveled and time spent in the air.
Optional areas of winning are best design & best on the fly (just made that day).
Students should build two different types of paper airplanes. One paper airplane should be designed to fly as far as possible. The other paper airplane should be designed to stay in the air as long as possible.
Before building their paper airplanes, students should research the basics of aerodynamics and flight.
Note: Cardboard planes and planes made from paper airplane kits should not be used. Make sure you make this clear to students and then check the materials in students' planes to make sure they are made out of only the allowed materials listed below.
Research aerodynamics before they begin designing their own planes. Print out copies of "What Makes Paper Airplanes Fly?"
Step 2 - Materials
8.5" x 11" sheets of copy paper to each competitor. Scouts must start use this size, though they may choose to use one or two sheets per paper airplane.
Step 3 - Options
optional materials for each competitor. The following materials are not required, but may be used if the Scout desire.
All competitors have the same amount of time to complete their airplanes. A Extra 30 minutes will be held on the Tournament day for those that choose to make a plane on the fly (that day).