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(photo credit: paperairplanes.co.uk/)

Who? Students in grades 4 - 7 (9 - 13 years old)

What? Students will partner with another student from their own class. They will then partner with a pair of students from another class. Each foursome will choose and create one of three paper airplane designs. They will be required to change something about the design (see example below) and then fly them to see which design flies the farthest. They will record data and share their process on a wiki page (click the link for an example).

The variable is here the number of holes.
The variable is here the number of holes.

How? Students will be expected to follow the scientific method. This means they will need a question, hypothesis, materials, procedure, results, and conclusion in their write-ups. They can also take photos of their designs with digital cameras and add them to the wiki page as well. The data and process from each foursome will be on the same page.

When? I'd like to begin the project the week of August 27 and have it continue for at least two weeks. It should take a week to teach the scientific method and then a week to put the results online.

Why? The goal of this project is to teach students how to develop, design, and safely conduct an experiment and communicate the results. Using a wiki page allows them to collaborate on the creation of the page. Work on the page should be done asynchronously.

How to participate: Contact Jamie Tubbs at tubbsj[at]wyomingcityschools.org for more information.