App Description: This app has been developed by the authors of the World Record Paper Airplanes book. It involves step-by-step instructional videos of folding various types of paper airplanes. The content focus of the app reinforces concepts such as gravity, lift, thrust and drag which explore the laws of motion and flight. This app also includes a feature called ‘flight school’ that discusses paper plane aerodynamics and the story of world record breaking paper plane.
How We Use It: At the Children’s Museum we use this app in the gallery where we have a Launch Cage with mechanical launchers to fly paper planes. We also have 3 tables with materials such as papers, scissors, tapes and markers to make paper planes. Although we’ve had a big book of paper planes as a guide to assist visitors in making paper planes, however the app has proved to be a much better solution. The video tutorials in the app are clear and easy to understand. Our facilitators often make a paper airplane alongside a young visitor and then compete to see whose paper plane flies for a longer duration in the launch cage, or whose plane goes farther or faster. The facilitators then discuss why the paper plane flew higher or longer or faster. They let the young visitors discover possible answers instead of bombarding them with complex ideas such as laws of motion etc 🙂 The facilitators also encourage the visitors to test different designs of paper planes in the launch cage, as well as in the circular wind tunnel tube to see the difference in the flight of the paper plane.
We also use this app in conjunction with another free paper plane creating app called Paper Plane Project HD. Both these apps have a wide variety of paper plane designs although there are a few that are too thick to fit in the groove of launch cage such as Stunt and Eagle. We have discovered that the Mustang from World Record Paper Airplanes app and Hawker from Paper Plane Project app have been till date the best flying paper planes 😉
Bridging Document: CMH_21-Tech_LaunchCage_BridgingDoc