Paper Airplane Challenge
Hosted by: UT Austin Design, Build, Fly
Visit our Booth: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
The Challenge: Create a paper airplane and test it to see how far it can go. Video your design and flight test and share on Flipgrid.
Recommended Materials: paper...and then anything else you want to use to decorate it or use for testing different designs (tape, straws, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, etc.).
Watch the video on the "Pick Your Plane" tab and choose from 4 paper airplane designs:
- 0:15 Design #1: The Hognose
- 2:30 Design #2: The Falcon
- 5:47 Design #3: The Spy Plane
- 8:47 Design #4: The Bulldog Dart
After you build your plane, make it your own by adding pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and paper clips to anywhere you want on your plane. You can take suggestions from the video or do whatever you want!
Make additional paper airplanes and use extra materials (tape, straws, pipe cleaners, etc.) to test different designs to see what flies the farthest.
Video your design and flight test and share on Flipgrid.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Moving Around: Land, Water, Air, and Space? Engineers design airplanes and help make sure they are safe to fly people and other cargo all over the world. Airplanes are designed for different purposes and amounts of cargo and have to be tested, just like your paper airplanes.