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.
We are going to measure the distance of how far each plane flies and see if different materials affect how far they fly.

Does different materials affect how far a traditional paper plane fly?
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) We chose the traditional design because it is easy to make. This plane is also recommended for test flying. It easily through the air because it has a simple design.

Our hypothesis is that the plane made out of fax paper will fly the furthest distance because the plane made out of newspaper would just fly around like a balloon which has just let out it's air and the cardboard plane would just fall straight down because it's too heavy.
Lesson 3: Independent, controlled and dependent variables.
Write out your experimental procedure, adding any steps you feel are necessary.
Aim: To see if different materials affect the distance of how far a traditional paper plane flies.

  • A4 Fax Paper (80gsm)
  • A4 Newspaper (45gsm)
  • A4 Cardboard (125gsm)
  • Tape Measure

  1. Make three traditional planes, each out of the different A4 sized materials listed above.
  2. The same person throws each plane five times using the same technique.
  3. Measure the distance from the throwing point to where the nose of the plane landed for each time the different planes fly for each material.
  4. Work out the average of each different material plane for the distance it flew.
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.
Type of Paper Key: T1= Trial One T2=Trial Two and so on. Avg= Average.

Fax Paper: T1= 5.3m. T2= 5.6m. T3= 4.82m. Avg= 5.24m

Newspaper: T1= 3.7m. T2= 5.76m. T3= 5.2 m. Avg= 4.88m

Cardboard: T1= 4.5m. T2= 4.7m. T3= 4.83m. Avg= 4.67m
Lesson 5: Graph your results and post your video to the wiki.

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

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