Beth R, Jade S, Soph P

Project Report

Task to be completed
Date, student comments, answers to questions and results of task.
Lesson 1: Introduction and discussion about scientific method.
Why do you think the scientific method an important process?

Decide what factor can be measured to determine which is the 'best' paper airplane.

Write a question that states what your group would like to investigate.
Lesson 2: Research of different paper planes to determine which variable you will test (length of plane, width of plane, mass etc) that affects the factor you are measuring
(length of flight, height of flight, accuracy of flight).
Write three to five notes about what you have learnt from your research.

Write your hypothesis in the cell at right.
(1) A basic paper airplane takes 5 steps to create.

(2) Leonardo Da Vinci is believed to have helped with the creation of the paper airplane.

(3) A paper airplane thrown into space will not fly it will float in a straight line.

(4) Paper airplanes may be related to kites originally.

(5) A paper airplane thrown into space will float up not down.

Our hypothesis is that the paper planes with bigger wings will fly further because of the way the airplane will glide.
Lesson 3: Independent, controlled and dependent variables.
Write out your experimental procedure, adding any steps you feel are necessary.

  • Cover paper x 3 (125 gsm)
  • wide open space
  • scissors
  • rulers
  • masking tape
  • pen
  • paint
  • glue
  1. Select different wing span
  2. make paper airplanes (don't forget the different wing spans!)
  3. decorate planes
  4. set up throwing area, prepare arm ruler
  5. throw plane 1 (x3)
  6. record results
  7. throw plane 2 (x3)
  8. record results
  9. throw plane 3 (x3)
  10. record results
  11. calculate results into a neat/understandable table.
Lesson 4: Trials
Choose three planes and complete five trials for each plane.
Collect the data for each trial.
Complete the Google form (Result Entry Form) with your results
One member of the group should be responsible for filming a student explaining the hypothesis being tested, the actual flight trials or post-flight results.

Lesson 5: Graph your results and post your video to the wiki.

Lesson 6: Compare your results with those of other students.

Results :

Smallest Wingspan:
Throw 1: 4.5m
Throw 2: 3.2m
Throw 3: 5.8m
Average: 3.5m

Middle-size wingspan:
Throw 1: 5m
Throw 2: 2.5m
Throw 3: 3.6m
Average: 3.7m

Largest wingspan:
Throw 1: 5.7m
Throw 2: 4.1m
Throw 3: 4.9m
Average: 4.9m