Objective: The learner will measure the
distance and duration of fight .
Approximate time: 45 minutes.
for The Dart
Paper (preferably stiff paper)
Lab Observation Form
1. Fold a sheet of paper lengthwise,
exactly down the middle. Unfold it and smooth the paper flat.
2. Fold one of the corners over as far as
the center fold. Then fold the other corner over in the same way.
3. Fold the corners over again so that they
meet at the center fold.
4. Fold the two sides together along the
center fold. Then, to make wings, fold the top portion of each side
down toward the center fold.
5. Use a small piece of tape to fasten the
wings together. If you wish, you can snip off about 1 cm for the
plane's nose. Tape together the keel (paper under the wings) at both
6. Predict what will happen when you launch
The Dart. Use Science Lab Observation Form.
7. Launch the Dart by holding it at the
back of the keel and throwing. How long does the Dart stay in the
air? How far can you throw it?
8. Observe and record observations on the
Science Lab Observation Form.
9. Teacher will elicit discussion as to how
planes can be altered. What effect will each variable have on the
flight of the plane? (Add paper clip to nose, fold elevators
10. Allow flight time with variables and
have students record their new observations. Put data in a table.
11. Closure: Discuss what changes were made
and what effect they had on the flight time and distance.
Evaluation: Information found
on the Science Lab Observation Form regarding duration and distance
Extension: Graph results
using a Computer program or Spreadsheet.