Paper Airplane Challenge Part 1 – Telling Our Learning Story

I rececently watched an English Fan who created a paper airplane and let it go from the upper deck of Wembley Stadium.  The paper airplane he created danced gracefully through the sky for what seemed like minutes and hit an unsuspecting Peru Soccer Player in the side of the head near midfield.  I don’t believe for a second they were trying to hit anyone.  In fact they themselves referred to it as a lucky shot.  They were just having fun and trying their best to see how far they could go.  Here is the video:

 

 

There are numerous videos shown from different angles that show this video was not altered in anyway.  After seeing this video I was immediately inspired and we attempted to recreate this event from the top of our skynet on our playground.  However another factor came into play that we didn’t initially think about.  Not all students/people are comfortable with heights.  Therefore students understood that they could throw their airplanes from whatever height they were comfortable with.

The students came up with many factors to what contributed to the airplane hitting the target.  Some of these included wind, airplane design, strength of throw, distance needed to cover, height, and the angle at which they throw their airplane at.  Below is a video of us documenting our attempts and noting that we need to adapt and tinker with our creations in order to attain our goal of hitting our target.  Enjoy our humourous attempts to hit our intended target.  Please note this is Part 1.

 

 

We will share Part 2 in an upcoming blog post.  The students have already started tinkering with their designs and throwing techniques.  In Part 2 we will share more of what they learned from their first attempt and what they did differently in their attempts to get more airtime to hit their intended target.

 

Enjoy!  My students would love to hear about your successes or challenges you had if you tried a similar challenge.

 

Hugh

@hughtheteacher

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Paper Airplane Challenge Part 1 – Telling Our Learning Story

  1. Tuoyo Eweka says:

    Enjoyed what i saw, the children are innovative. it took my son sometime to grasp this idea on you tube. Good job teachers and students.

  2. Mauna Mazzola says:

    I am excited to see what happens in Part 2. This is a lesson I will want to try with my students when we teach this next spring. Thanks for the great idea. The kids’ enthusiasm is contagious.

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