The great paper aeroplane challenge

The great paper aeroplane challenge


Helen Booth
Helen Booth
The great paper aeroplane challenge

Our KS3 students have been busy designing and making paper aeroplanes as part of our Great Paper Aeroplane Challenge. The competition was created by Mr Gall and was open to all students in years 7 and 8.

Our KS3 students have been working extremely hard on completing the learning tasks that the science faculty have been setting. However, we believe that the best way to learn about science is through practical activities and experimentation. Unfortunately, due to the COVID – 19 crisis students have been missing out on being able to perform scientific experiments, so we decided to set them a more practical task to do. The challenge allowed students to explore how forces and aerodynamics are important considerations in the successful flight of a plane.

The students have outdone themselves and we have received some excellent entries. The rules of the competition were that only one sheet of A4 paper could be used and no additional weighting could be added. There were five different categories that students could enter their plane into: greatest flight distance, longest flight time, most original plane design, best decorated plane and best video of plane flight. All students who submitted an entry were awarded an R3. The quality of the entries was extremely high and we were spoilt for choice when judging them. However the winners of the different categories were as follows:

1st 2nd 3rd
Greatest flight distance Husain, Y8. Preesha, Y8, Justin, Y8, Gracie M, Y7. Nathael, Y7.
Longest flight time Justin Y8, Husain, Y8. Katherine, Y8. Tomas, Y7.
Most original design Alana, Y7. Husain, Y8. Preesha, Y8.
Best decorated plane Monet, Y8. Preesha, Y8. Gracie R, Y7.
Best video Jed, Y7, Tomas, Y7, Thomas, Y7, Alana, Y7, Monet, Y8.

All winners will be given extra reward points. Well done to all who entered and look out for the next challenge from the science faculty.

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