These straw gliders may not look like regular airplanes, but they can still fly! This experiment is fun for all ages and can be completed with some simple household materials. You can even try out multiple designs and have your very own plane racing competition. Be sure to talk together about the science behind why this experiment works, and don’t be afraid to explore!
Your straw airplane is using the four forces of flight! Your arm provides the thrust or the force exerted when you throw it. The curved surface of the paper gives the airplane lift. The shape of the circles helps to reduce the force of the drag that is trying to drag the plane backward. Eventually, gravity pulls the airplane back to Earth. These same four forces are present when real airplanes fly thousands of feet in the air!
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200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Evansville, Indiana 47713