Most of us have flown a paper airplane, but have you ever flown a hoop glider? Make one at home and test the forces of flight in an experiment!
You’ll need: 1 drinking straw, construction paper, 2 4×6 index cards or card paper, a ruler, scissors and invisible tape
- Measure and cut 3 strips of paper that each measure 1 inch by 5 inches.
- Take 2 of the strips of paper and tape them together into a hoop shape. Make sure to overlap the pieces by about half an inch so the hoop is round.
- Use the last strip of paper to make a smaller hoop
- Tape the loops to the ends of the straw, with the straw lined up on the inside of the hoops.
- Hold the middle of the straw with the hoops on top and throw it!
How It Works:
The big hoop creates “drag” (air resistance) to keep the straw level and the smaller loop keeps the glider from flying off course.
Take it Further:
- What happens if you place the hoops somewhere else on the straw?
- Does the number of hoops affect how far the glider flies?
- What do you think will happen if you use a smaller piece of straw?
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