Presented by National Grid
Written By Dan Walsh
Paper, hole puncher, rubber band
ETS1.A: Defining Engineering Problems- Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints)
Directions for Christine Darden’s Paper Jets:
- Start by folding your paper in half.
- Open the piece of paper back up. Fold each half at an angle to form a triangle at the top of your paper.
- Fold the top edges to the center line and then close the paper.
- Fold the wings down to meet the bottom of the body.
- Using a hole puncher, punch a hole at the very tip of the nose.
- Pull a rubber-band through the hole.
- Using both hands, hold the rubber-band from both ends. Pull one side of the rubber-band through the other.
- The rubber-band should be secured to the plane.
- Make sure the area is clear, using both hands, hold the back of the plane and pull the rubber-band back with your other hand. Using both hands, hold the back of the jet and the rubber-band. Once the area is clear let go of both the rubber-band and jet at the same time! Watch how fast it goes!
Christine Darden’s Paper Jet’s Vocabulary:
Geometry– A branch of mathematics that deals with shapes, lines, and points.
Orbit– The path of an object around particular point in space.