Science of Flight: Design Balsa Gliders

First attempt:

Using junior hack saws Balso wood, a glue gun and some sandpaper we set about designing a plane/ glider

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Second Attempt

Taking on Board what we learned about air pressure and teh bernoulli effect we redesigned our planes hoping to  improve their flight times.

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We weren’t really that successful! as timing them showed no real improvement.

How can we improve our designs in the future?

  • By shortening the fuselage to make it lighter.
  • By moving the wings forward so it is easier to throw.
  • By only using thin wood to make the plane lighter.
  • Moving the wings backwards to maybe make it more balanced.
  • By changing the ratio of wingspan to fuselage to make the wings longer.
  • By changing the angle of the dihedral to give it more lift.
  • By adjusting the tail fins so we might be able to control the plane better.

3rd Attempt: Template gliders

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Check out the results in our short video: