This seminar is now over. Congratulations to all the students who participated. Congratulations to the two Waterloo teams who tied for 1st place.
INFO ABOUT THE COMPETITION ON 1/17
INFO FROM BMI
We are looking forward to seeing you and your teams this Sunday, January 17, for the Paper Airplane Challenge. Please share this email with your students, their families, and any other interested people.
The Paper Airplane Challenge will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230. We have free on-site parking for our visitors.
Doors will open to participants at 9:00 a.m. Please plan your travel accordingly. Teams should plan to arrive as follows:
We will once again have our popular Rocket Activity available during the challenge. Students can make air-powered paper rockets and test their aim as they fly to the moon!
Please plan to enjoy some delicious snacks and lunch from Tim’s Treats while you are at the Challenge. This local businessman has been working with the elementary Challenges for years, offering yummy treats for sale and helping to make the day fun for all!
Q: What is the coach’s duty during the competition? During the competition, your job will be to ensure that students get to their stations at the allotted time. (BMI will provide all details regarding times on competition day.) In addition, you will serve as their personal cheerleader.
Q: Do I need to bring any paperwork? No
Q: How long is the competition going to be? See the email below from BMI.
Q: When should we arrive? The paper airplane challenge does not seem as heavily attended as the 3rd grade Safe Racer challenge. However, competitions can grow in popularity from one year to the next. (Waterloo doubled the number of participants this year!) So, I would plan on arriving at 9:00. However, please know that the doors won't open until 9:00 on the nose.
Q: Do we need to bring lunch? Each member of your team should plan on it just in case the event goes long. In addition, make sure that each member brings a snack and plenty of water.
Q: What is the parking situation? There is a large lot outside of BMI. If you get there early, there will be space. However, depending on the popularity of the event this year, that space could fill up fast. (Parking at BMI is free.) If space fills up then you are on your own to park (which may incur some cost.) Try and carpool as much as possible to alleviate parking congestion as much as possible.
Please share the above information with parents, as well as the information in the forwarded email below to each of your members. Once you have emailed them, you may want to call each one just to ensure that everyone is on board and that there are no surprises on competition day. If you have any other questions, please feel free to let me know.
G/T Resource Teacher
If you have specific questions, please let me know. Otherwise, best of luck to your teams!
Today was our last class in which a concept was taught. Today, we learned that airplanes have a center of gravity and a center of lift and that the center of lift should be in front of the center of gravity. I used this website to help me assess the center of lift.
Believe it or not, we only have 3 more classes until our competition. They are 12/14; 12/21; and 1/4. If you would like me to have your team practice folding or throwing please email me no earlier than the week prior to let me know which of the two activities you would like me to have your team do. If you want me to have students practice throwing the paper airplane, it will be important for time purposes, to have students bring pre-folded planes to school in a manner in which the planes will not get damaged.
Today, we threw paper airplanes in the hallways. Our goal was to see how the elevators on the airplane affected flight. Students changed the direction the elevators were folded (up and down) and the degree to which they were folded (90 degrees and 45 degrees). We discussed how the airflow over the wing affects its flight. Therefore, our planes should have wings that are symmetrical and don't have any ridges or folds that would affect airflow.
Today, we looked at how planes pitch, roll, and yaw. We folded paper airplanes and began moving the elevators to different positions to see how they impacted the plane's flight. We did not finish, so we will complete this next Monday.
Over the past two Mondays, we have looked at how the shape of the wing affects a planes performance. Students learned that delta wings are the most effective wing when throwing a paper airplane for distance, accuracy, and speed.
Today, we conducted two demonstrations that show how Bernoulli's Principle works.
Students completed a survey in which they indicated the 5 people that they most wanted to team up with. Using this, I was able to create the 4 teams for this challenge. I will share the teams at our meeting next week.
In addition, we conducted our first lesson which was to show the four forces acting on an airplane. (See below.)
This was the last day of "house keeping". Next week, we get to our first lesson. There were many students who haven't turned in a permission slip yet. Please make sure your child returns that so we can move forward with forming teams.
Two competition dates were mentioned on the permission slip. The correct date is Sun., Jan. 17th. I apologize for the error.