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Aerodynamics Science Fair Project

Paper Airplane Challenge

Paper Airplane Challenge | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Explore the science of flight by designing and launching paper airplanes. Test different types of paper, folds, and launches to discover the secrets of maximum flight distance.


The hypothesis is that the type of paper, folding technique, and launch style will affect how far a paper airplane can fly.

Method & Materials

You will plan and design your own paper airplane, testing different types of paper, folds, and launches to see which combination flies the farthest. Then, make adjustments to improve your design based on the results. For more complex paper airplane folds, follow these instructions:
You will need paper, markers or pencils for decorating, and a space where you can safely test your airplanes.


After conducting the experiment and analyzing the results, it was observed that certain types of paper, specific folding techniques, and particular launch styles significantly impacted the flight distance of the paper airplanes. This project is a fun way to learn about aerodynamics and how different factors influence flight performance.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it allows you to be an aircraft designer and pilot. You will explore the principles of flight and discover how small changes in design and technique can have a big impact on the performance of a paper airplane.

Also Consider

1. Test the effect of different wing shapes or sizes on flight distance. 2. Investigate the impact of adding weights to the airplanes on their flight performance.

Full project details

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Related videos

Hey there! Here are some awesome videos about this science project that we think you'll really like. They're not only super fun, but they'll also help you learn more about the science behind the project. So sit back, relax, and get ready to have some fun!!
Great step-by-step instructions to make and fly a paper airplane from the Boston Children's Museum! There are awesome tips too!
Follow this step-by-step video to make the paper airplane that has the longest flight time, the Sky King!
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