Physics and Astronomy

The Great Airplane
Objective To build a paper airplane which can compete in two events:
1. The greatest time aloft.
2. Boomerang plane.
Participants Teams of up to six.
Materials All entries must be made only of paper. Glue and cellophane tape may be used only for bonding purposes, and is not to be used to add weight. The same airplane must be used to compete in both events, although minor adjustments of shape may be made. The maximum dimension (either length or wing span) of the paper airplane is 50 cm.

1. The same plane must compete in both events.
2. Approximately 5 minutes will be allowed between events for adjustments to the shape of the plane. No material may be -: added to or removed from the plane at this time.
3. Each team will submit a detailed construction plan for their plane.
4. The overall winner of this competition will be the team with the lowest total ranking from the two events.
5. Each team will be allowed only one attempt at each of these events.


Time Aloft
The team will launch its plane from the balcony of the Gymnasium and the average time will be determined by the judges. The planes will be ranked according to the length of time each one remains aloft, with the greatest time aloft ranked # 1.

Boomerang Plane
The team will launch the plane from the stage in the Gymnasium. The plane must fly at least 3 metres distance from the edge of the stage and return to land on the floor in front of the stage. The plane must not touch the stage during landing. The plane closest to the stage without touching it will be ranked # 1.

Source Technical University of Nova Scotia

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