|Launching FPG-9 Gliders
|Launching Rubber Powered Planes
The first day of the College for Kids class could have gone better, the students did OK with the FPG-9 gliders but when they started building the rubber powered planes there was some confusion. I would say to cut a piece 2" x 4" out of foam plate and some would cut much smaller pieces. My idea was to give them general proportions but let them use some of their own creativity. Some of the flying surfaces turned out way too small, I replaced some of the really bad ones. We did not finish the rubber powered planes on the first day as I had hoped.
|Typical Rubber Powered Foam Plane
|Flies More Like Missile
Day #2 and there was another helper and a bigger room to use which were both Welcome. We finished up the planes in another 20 minutes and flew them in big atrium room. Some of the ones with the tiny wings flew like missiles but some planes flew pretty well. The one student had his plane climbed up to the ceiling which is 3 stories up and flew just below the ceiling, everyone was in awe. We moved on to build the model wind turbines and some of those were finished today so we are back on my schedule.
If there is enough time left on the last day, I plan to have the students fix up there planes from what they have learned and fly again.
I really think this activity has potential, very little balsa is needed and the foam is cheap. There is some breakage but not as bad with many balsa and tissue planes. Low temp glue guns work fine for building the planes in a hurry.
Reflections on College for Kids 2013
Creativity - Following Directions - Failure
Spatial Ability and Building Models
The Evolution of my Mousetrap Car Design
Join My Facebook Group for Simple Foam Free Flight Airplanes