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Best Hoop Glider Challenge

Best Hoop Glider Challenge

Author: Jason Fritz

Question: Using Specific Materials How Can I Make My Airplane Fly the Farthest?

REMEMBER: there is no PERFECT design... keep testing and evaluating to find the best design possible!

MN State Standards: Recognize that there is no perfect design and that new technologies have consequences that may increase some risks and decrease others. Explain the importance of learning from past failures, in order to inform future designs of similar products or systems. Apply and document an engineering design process that includes identifying criteria and constraints, making representations, testing and evaluation, and refining the design as needed to construct a product or system to solve a problem. Determine and use appropriate safe procedures, tools, measurements, graphs, and mathematical analyses to describe and investigate natural and designed systems in a physical science context. Demonstrate the conversion of units within the International System of Units (SI, or metric) and estimate the magnitude of common objects and quantities using metric units. 

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The Incredible Hoop Glider Directions

Your challenge: Turn a plastic straw and 2 paper hoops into a flying machine. Then add more hoops or change their sizes. Experiment with this glider for a hands-on demonstration of "drag."


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Best Hoop Glider Lab Sheet


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Student example of blueprint for hoop glider

Straw Hoop Plane Demonstration

How can you make two paper hoops fly?

Source: Library Lab

How to Make a Straw Plane | Easy Crafts for kids.

These airplanes are so easy and fun to make!
-Orange Cardboard
-Paper Straw
-Sticky Tape

Source: Room to Grow: Craft Activities for Kids

How To Make A Hoop Glider

The Incredible Hoop Glider!
Hoop gliders are pretty cool cause they look like they shouldn’t really be able to fly as well as they do.

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DIY Hoop Glider

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Lab bin

Each group will need four straws and four 3 x 5 index cards. This is what the lab and should look like prior to the lab and at the end. 

Diorama of the instructions