Sky's the limit for paper plane pilots
Five young flying aces from Normanhurst West Public School outflew hundreds of other kids from around the state when they aced their divisions at the NSW All Schools Paper Plane Challenge.
The event at Sydney University saw 600 children aged from kindy to Year 12 across the state create paper planes using a variety of designs, competing in either distance or time aloft categories with their creations, and based on their age group.
“It’s organised by the Paper Pilots which the movie Paper Planes is based on,” said Year 5 teacher Rebecca Macnaughtan.
“But the Paper Planes challenge is about so much more than making planes out of paper. It’s an opportunity for kids to step outside and engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“Students are learning the art of aerodynamics - how the design of their plane’s wings, body, nose and tail will significantly affect its flight. Each time the children alter a part of their design, they are also learning about the importance of variables, as well as resilience and trial and error.”
The kids do qualifying heats at school based on distances flown or time in the air - a minimum of 15 metres and five seconds for the youngest, with those amounts increasing for every year they’re older. The paper has to be A4, under 100 gsm in weight, not torn or marked and only folded.
The children get to practice their flying skills at school during lunchtimes, though weekend studying of YouTube clips to help perfect their art also happens.
(L to R) Daniel Hawkins, Noah McCarthy and Dominic Coonan