Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Stop, Drop and Craft Aerodynamic Experience!

To celebrate our participation in Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia for this past Wednesday's Stop, Drop and Craft activity we practiced origami. But our library friends wanted to explore the paper planes we found in A Kid's Guide to Origami...Making Origami Paper Airplanes Step by Step and we had a paper plane flying contest!

Guest crafter Ms. Margaret was our special judge as we held a contest to see how far the planes flew, the best design, and to help determine who flew the furthest distance.
There were no set rules for our impromptu paper plane throwing contest. The group could choose to use origami paper which measures 6" by 6", 'regular' copy paper which measures 8 1/2" by 11" or legal sizes paper which measures 11" by 14 1/2 "

Books available for origami:
A Kid's Guide to Origami...Making Origami Paper Airplanes Step by Step by Michael G. LaFosse
Origami: The Fun and Funky Art of Paper Folding by Thiraunt Boonyadhistarn
I Made it Myself: Paper Folding Fun by Didier Boursin
A Kid's Guide to Origami...Making Origami Science Experiements Step by Step by Michael G. LaFosse
Classic Origami by P.D. Tuyen

Web sites consulted for paper planes:
Amazing Paper Planes: http://www.amazingpaperairplanes.com/Simple.html
Alex's Paper Planes: http://www.paperairplanes.co.uk/rapier.php
California Science Center: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Education/GroupPrograms/BigLab/Rollercoasters/docs/RollercoastersPre.pdf


Stop, Drop and Craft meets Wednesdays from 4-6. Stop by and see what crafty goodness we are making!

Even Mrs. Gianella got in on the act!

What can we use to make THE best plane?

Our supplies: paper, scissors and glue!

Other plane options available

The helicopter option




The contest!

video

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