# Lab: Paper Airplanes Worksheet

2 pts ec
Lab: Paper Airplanes
printing
Purpose:
To design & create a paper airplane that can either cover the greatest distance or have the
You will be working with a partner to take turns being the Pilot (throw the plane) or the
greatest speed.
Engineer (measures and records the plane’s flight time and distance).
Consider all of the factors that are important in a paper airplane:
1. Plane design
2. Size of paper
3. Plane mass (add paper clips?)
4. Throw technique & angle
Decide which ONE factor from above you are going to explore in today’s lab:
Independent Variable: We are going to change the____________________________________________
Dependent Variable: We are going to measure the ____________________________________________
Controls: We will not change the: __________________________________________________________
Airplane #1
1. Make a paper airplane (duh).
2. Head to the testing area. The Pilot should stand at the Launch Line while the Engineer heads to the waiting area
with the meter sticks, stopwatch, & clipboard.
3. The Engineer prepares the stopwatch, tells the Pilot when to throw, records the flight time of the plane, and
measures the flight distance. Repeat this two more times for a total of three trials.
4. Reconvene to calculate the average time, distance, & speed of this plane.
Time
Distance
Speed
Flight
(s)
(m)
(m/s)
Trial 1
Trial 2
Trial 3
Average
13. Based on your data, what improvements can be made to your airplane?
14. What ONE variable are you going to change for Airplane #2? _______________________________________________