Cool After School: Paper Airplanes!

by Vicky on May 16, 2011

The grand finale of this year’s Cool After School classes on April 27 featured paper airplanes.  And it was just as much fun as you might imagine!

We started out by folding Yes Mag’s excellent glider (which requires a sheet of 8.5″ x 14″ paper).  But soon everyone was sharing tips on their own favorite designs.

I had also collected a LOT of books on folding paper airplanes, and some kids immediately began browsing for new designs to test.

The kids had a lot of creative ideas, including piggybacking gliders, which separated in flight and went off in different directions.

We had to retrieve stranded planes from the overhead beams and various other locations.

But soon we were to be really impressed when Beckham, who had gone straight to the books, folded a supersonic plane launched with the aid of a rubber band that wound up on top of the HVAC ductwork very near the ceiling…and it is still there.

We had the largest turnout ever, and the airspace of the children’s room was white with fleets of paper aircraft!

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