Paper Airplanes

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Today’s Topic: Paper Airplanes
 
Did you know……
 
The Guinness World record for the longest time a paper airplane was held aloft is 29.2 seconds! 
 
Today’s Activity:  Make paper airplanes
 
Learn about the history of paper planes, view 50 instructional videos for making paper planes.
 
Tips and suggestions….
 
If you want your paper airplanes to fly well, the most important things to remember is to keep the folds straight and even and the creases sharp!
 
Once you get the hang of making paper planes, try to modify the plane by making a few changes to the design. You can do this by:
 
– Making little cuts in the wings to create flaps or cut a piece of the middle and bring it to the top of the plane.
– Tape a paper clip to the tip of the plane to help it fly better.
– Tape a skewer or a toothpick to the inside of the middle fold.
– Tape the plane together in the middle or the end.
– Cut a notch in the bottom of the plane and shoot it with a rubber band. 
– Change the way the plane is folded in order to make a new paper plane design.
– Learn how to make a stunt paper airplane.
You can find another stunt plane here.
 
Suggestions for flying the paper airplane…..
 
– Learn how to throw a paper airplane by watching this video.
– Fly the paper airplane inside or outside.
– Stand on something high, throw it and measure how far it goes, then throw it from a spot on the ground close by and measure again; compare the two distances.
– Throw the plane toward the sky
– Throw the plane from the shoulder or from the hip and see which one flies further.
– Make a variety of planes and compare how well and how far each one flies.
– Keep a flight log.
 
Have fun!
 
Questions of the day:
 
Who currently holds the Guinness World record for the longest paper airplane in flight?
 
Who held the Guinness World record for the longest paper airplane flight before the current record holder? 
 
Learn More:
 
Learn more about Ken Blackburn, a 13 year Guinness World Record holder
 
Read about the gentleman that now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest paper plane flight
Site offers patterns and templates for variety of paper planes

How To Fold and Tweak A Great Paper Plane –  YouTube video 7:03
 
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