Physics and Astronomy

Take A Flight
Objective To construct an aircraft and launcher, using only the materials provided. To win, the aircraft must execute the greatest horizontal displacement through the air from point of launch.
Purpose To explore the physics of flight.
Participants Teams of up to four.
Materials 50 popsicle sticks, 2 sheets of 21.6 x 28 cm paper (paper may be cut or torn), 3 paper clips (#1), 2 jumbo paper clips (#2), 2 elastic bands, - white glue.
  1. The aircraft must be capable of gliding.
  2. The aircraft much be launched by the release of a trigger mechanism. Energy must thus be stored somehow in the launching system prior to releasing the trigger.
  3. The launching system must be freestanding, reusable and capable of being reloaded within two minutes.
  4. Failure to meet any of the design criteria will result in a disqualification
  1. Displacement will be measured from the leading edge at the point of touchdown.
  2. Two launches must be made. The greater displacement will be recorded for judging purposes.
Source Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics Manual.

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