After weeks of aviation training, science students entered Yuill Gym with a great teammate – their parent or grandparent.
Monday marked the second annual grade 6 Paper Airplane Competition. The opening ceremonies included a lesson and unit overview of the Air & Flight curriculum and competition instructions. The rules were simple: unlimited use of paper, tape, and paper clips, and modifications acceptable throughout the competition. Over the course of 30 minutes, each duo strategized what design made their airplane fly the furthest, what type of throw, and even where to hold the airplane in its ‘sweet spot.’ Some had paper airplane books for research and others were watching YouTube videos to find their best model.
During this time, they also recorded their furthest throw and the top eight from both classes competed in the quarterfinal match.
Many designs were crafted and planes soared through Yuill Gym. Although points were not awarded for style or soaring, there were some impressive aviation feats. A few plans made it from one end of the gym to the other and one plane even touched the ceiling. The boys and their partner had a blast working together. In fact, it looked like the adults were having as much, if not more, fun than the boys!
“It was great to see the excitement on the faces of the boys when their paper airplane co-operated with them,” said teacher Colby Dockerty, who led this year’s contest.
In the end, Team Taker (Nicholas and his dad, David) claimed the title of “Longest Flight Time” and Team Nirenberski (Logan and his dad, Scott) claimed the title of “Farthest Throw.”
“Overall it was a fun-filled event with lots of laughter and even a few moments of drama during the finals. We are already looking forward to next year,” said Mr. Dockerty.