This is such a cool project that I had to include it in our Flying Machines archive. The science teacher who developed this project has a sincere love of gliders he calls “walk-along flyers”. Note that the instructions for making this project are longer and more precise than usual, so take your time and go slow.
If your kids love airplanes, you’ll be able to keep them busy for hours with this project! You will be flying a piece of paper, surfing it on a wave of air created with cardboard. Are you ready? There are two different designs to choose from: the Tumblewing, which works by rotation, and the Hanglider.
Here’s what you need:
- piece of paper from a phone book
- scrap of cardboard
- help from a very patient adult
- an afternoon (this project is super-sensitive and you need time and persistence to accomplish it!)
You’ll need to print out this Tumblewing template to get started.
You’ll need to print out this Hanglider template to get started.
A big THANKS goes out to projects developer and science teacher Slater Harrison for his ultra-cool flying inventions!