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15/10/2015
​Budding engineers with Sgt Tim Hoffman

​Paper planes competition a flying success!

The Year 5/6 Technology class recently invited all their Dads and Father figures to an afternoon of flying paper planes.  Students have been hard at work over the previous weeks preparing planes using their understanding of the four forces of flying – namely Lift, Thrust, Gravity and Drag. 

The competition had 3 categories: Distance, Direction-Changing and Trick Performing - and saying that the competition was “fierce” would be an understatement!  Students had 90 seconds to make and throw their distance plane and the results ranged from awe-inspiring to hilarious!  Jaycob Mudge’s plane travelled beautifully for 18 metres while Brody Connelly’s plane flew further backwards than it did forwards.  There was very close competition for the Direction-Changing category with Holly Frey nudging out all contenders as the winner on the last throw.  Finally, the Trick Performing section was purely breathtaking.  Some planes floated delicately while others performed loops and spins.  Ben Hartwell took the winning prize for a plane that completed a perfect, high loop – not an easy design.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the men who assisted over the last couple of weeks, coming up with designs and generally just having some fun with the children in their lives.  An even greater thank you to the Fathers/Father figures that were brave enough to come and enjoy the afternoon with us – your presence meant a lot to the entire class. A huge thank you also to our (soon-to-be) Adopt-a-Cop, Constable Lachie.  He had a tough job on the day as there were some amazing designs, but his previous life as a pilot certainly stood him in good stead on this occasion!

The greatest thanks, however, must go to the Year 5/6 class whose designs and enthusiasm for the task were unparalleled.  Our unit of Flight has been a great success so far thanks to the students’ fantastic attitudes and application when their designs need modification.  The focus of the Paper Planes Competition was not to win, but to create “something beautiful” and the audience could certainly attest to every student achieving that aim beyond everyone’s wildest dreams!