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Advanced. Realistic. Masterful. Engineering. Responsibility Originality. Integrity Dedication. A.R.M.E. Teamwork: A group of individual people able to gel and combine their strengths to achieve an effective, smart solution to a problem. Don’t talk about fight club.

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A r m e

Advanced. Realistic

Masterful. Engineering






Teamwork: A group of individual people able to gel and combine their strengths to achieve an effective, smart solution to a problem.

Don’t talk about fight club.

Everyone contributes to the group evenly.

Be encouraging to one another; offer constructive criticism.

Keep an open mind to the ideas of other group members.


  • The purpose of this project is to create a paper airplane that can travel far and have a long hang time.

  • We can use one standard size paper, one paperclip, one dab of glue, three inches of tape, three staples.

  • For our airplane we decided to have a plane with a big surface area for the wings, so the plane can be in the air for a long time and glide for distance.



Ideas we had

  • Big wing span

  • Adding a tail

  • Cutting slits into the back of the wings

  • Bend the wings down and up

  • Adding flaps on the wings

  • Using tape and paperclips to balance weight, and keep the plane together



Best Solutions

  • Large surface area of the wings to create lift and keep the plan into the air

  • Folding the wings down to keep the airplane stable

  • Balance the weight using a paperclip on the back

  • Use tape and the paperclip to keep the body of the plane together



  • Using the nose section to

    Balance the weight

  • Creating large, triangle wings

    For maximum lift and




Our First Design




  • Fold ends of wings down

  • Add a paper clip to the back

    and tape to the front of the plane

  • Fold the wings downward

  • Make the nose section smaller

  • Fold the wings upward



We were able to finish our airplane; however it did not fair well.

If we were able to balance the weight of the airplane, and figure out a way to make our wings have an even larger surface area, our plane would have gone farther.




Farthest Distance

Video of our plane


How to build our glider

  • Fold an 8.5 inch by 11 inch piece of paper in half long ways.

  • Unfold, and fold the top two corners in so they meet at the crease and make a point at the top of the paper.

  • Fold the now diagonal lines in again to the crease, creating an almost triangle

  • Fold the tip of the plane down on the crease so the tip is half way between the intersection of the wings and its previous position

  • Fold the paper in half long ways along its crease backwards

  • Fold down the wings to meet the bottom of the page and continue about an inch farther before making the crease

  • Bend the wings up so they have an acute angle between them

  • Fold the tips of the wings down for greater stability

How to Build Our Glider

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