How far can you throw a piece of paper? What can you do to change a piece of paper or your surroundings in order to have your paper travel further?
This activity is done individually.
- Think of different ways that you make paper stronger, move in a particular direction, or move the furthest. (3 minutes)
- Build your paper contraption. You do not need to use the entire piece of paper. (5 minutes)
- Everyone will be asked to line up facing the same direction and launch at the same time. This will be repeated 3 times.
You will be able to use the following items to complete this challenge.
- 1 sheet of paper to toss
- Paper and pencil for planning
Here are some questions that you can ask your students after the exercise.
- What were some of the different designs that you saw other students use?
- Why were some designs more successful than others?
- What are other factors that could influence how far your paper would go? (Blowing on it, the weather outside, paper size, dropping it from a height, folding it as an airplane)
- What kind of rules did you assume were in place for this activity that might not have been true?
Teachers, this kind of exercise is a good one to try two times. Watch to see what happens when the students learn to approach the challenge in a different way.
This exercise touches on these learning concepts:
- Analyze the Rules – What didn’t the rules tell the students in this challenge? For example, it never said that you couldn’t use part of the paper to move another part of the paper.
- Engineering – Changing your paper in a way that best solves the problem. Folding, crumpling, tearing, etc.
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