100 Days of Science #76-78: Building Paper Airplanes Three Different Ways

We made and tested out three different types of paper airplanes for a fun and quick science lesson on flight.  There are many styles and patterns to choose from when making your own flyers and we finally settled on three distinctly different ones.

1.  Traditional paper airplanes

2. Airplanes made from Styrofoam plates

3.  Straw and paper band flyers

Once we had our planes built and practiced flying them around the room a bit we set up to test which one flew the furthest/highest/ longest.  We went outside and they all stood in the same spot then took turns throwing their various flyers.  Ian's Styrofoam plate plane flew the straightest, furthest line.

The straw flyer in mid-flight

We talked about why the planes turned, how we could have modified them to try and make them fly further or straighter, and reviewed the theories of lift and aerodynamics.

Others in this series:
53. Iodine and Starch Experiment
54. Flouride and Calcium Experiment
55. Botanical Gardens in Winter
56.  Making Cell Models
57. Which Has More Water; Ice or Snow?
58. Exploding Snow and Water Baggies
59.  Exploring Minerals
60. Visiting the Hartford Science Museum
61-63. 3 STEM Bridge Challenges
64. Making Models of the Earth
65. Plate Techtonics with Graham Crackers
66.  Homemade Lava Lamp
67.  Science Movies We're Watching
Index Card Towers

69.  Botany at the Botanical Gardens
70. Best Board Games for Science 
71. Homemade Frozen Yogurt Pops
72.  Starburst Rock Cycle 
73. & 74. Sinking a Marshmallow
75. Jumping Conversation Hearts 


  1. Wow! How fun! Our paper airplanes always seem to fly straight to the ground! Our co-op made the circle straw ones and they seemed to fly pretty well, we may need to give those a try!!

    Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!



    1. Many of ours did too until we played with them a bit.

  2. I love the idea for this blog. My husband did his apprenticeship in the
    drawing office of a local aircraft firm so he loved making paper planes
    With our four sons.

    1. Thanks! I bet he can make some pretty good flyers then.

  3. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 1!

  4. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

  5. These look fun and very creative :)

    Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you can join me tomorrow :)


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