Paper Plane Rockets
aerodynamics, identification and control of variables in experiments
This is an activity that is based on a popular activity of making paper plane rockets. Students are called (in groups) to decorate and folding (following the instructions) 5 different types of paper plane rockets.
Initially students of each group have the same type of paper plane rocket. After decorating and folding their rocket, students are divided again into groups so that each group has students with all five paper plane rockets.
Each group is assigned to find out a way to identify the paper plane rocket with the one of the following characteristics (between their 5 different paper plane rockets): (i) the fastest paper plane rocket, (ii) the most "crazy flying" paper plane rocket, (iii) the paper plane rocket that goes the farthest, (iv) the one that travels on a most straight line and (v) the most well-aimed paper plane rocket. At this point, the groups are driven to different places so they can test their paper plain rockets.