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:
58.  Exploding Snow and Water Baggies 
59.  Exploring Properties of Minerals
60.  Visiting the Hartford Science Museum
61- 63.  3 Difference Bridge Challenges
64.  Making Models of the Earth's Layers 
65.  Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics 
66.  Homemade Lava Lamps
67.  Movies We're Watching for Science
68.  Index Card Tower Challenge 
69.  Learning Botany at the Botanical Gardens
70.  Board Games for Science
71.  Homemade Frozen Yogurt Pops
72.  Starburst Rock Cycle
73.  & 74.  Making Marshmallows Sink and Grow
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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