PlanePath Airplane Toss Set
Learn about aerodynamics and the forces that allow flight through paper airplane experiments!
Discover what variables cause a plane to fly farther and faster while creating paper airplanes. Each student folds the paper how they choose and modifies it with such things as popsicle sticks, tape, and binder clips to improve the plane's performance. Place the poly bars 10’ away from the hoop targets to serve as a throwing line. Students test their designs by throwing the airplanes toward the hoop. With each successful toss through the hoop, move the poly bar back to increase the challenge. Teachers can also vary the height of the hoop target to vary the difficulty. Create a classroom competition by assigning students to either the red or blue hoop to see which team can achieve the longest successful flight through the hoop. In the process, students learn about the four forces of flight and how changing variables affect the plane’s ability to fly.
Included lesson direction is adaptable for grades K-4 and 5-8. Recommended for Elementary and up.
- Hoop Targets with Bases, 2 Ea (1 Ea Blue, Red)
- Poly Bars, Set of 2
- Paper, 1 Ream
- Popsicle Sticks, Set of 1,000
- Tape, Green, 4 Rolls
- Paper Clips, Set of 100
- Binder Clips, Set of 40
- Lesson Direction