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Science Challenge

Paper Aeroplanes

Have you ever wondered what makes a paper plane fly? Some paper planes clearly fly better than others. But why is this? One factor is the kind of design used to build the plane. In this activity, you will get to build a paper plane and change its basic design to see how this affects its flight. There is a lot of cool science in this activity, such as how forces act on a plane so it can fly, so get ready to start folding!

Use the video (above) to make a paper aeroplane. Now fly your plane at least 4 times to get a good idea of how far it travels.


Now make some changes to your plane (e.g. change the shape or add more folds) and fly it again.


What happened to the way the plane travelled? Use the website below to explain why.