This year our show case was based on paper air planes. 

We designed our own paper planes paying attention to how far they would fly and how fast they would go.

We measured each plane’s flight path, distance and duration of the flight. 

Third class were asked to watch the forth class presentation and to predict how far each plane would go and which plane would go the furthest based on their design.

Our challenge was to test and conclude the best designs for paper air planes with respect to flight time, distance, and accuracy.


In March 4th class were asked to design a paper airplane for our school show case. We each had to engineer our own plane. Our main aim was to engineer a plane that could go the furthest. We knew the showcase was going to take place indoors so we did not have to worry about outside factors such as weather and wind. We spent two days working on our planes. We had to take into account



-how well it landed

-best way to throw it

-how fast it went

-how pointy the end is

-how long

-wing size

After that we had a test run.

Finally we had the competition. 

We had our airplane showcase in front of third class. Each boy had to throw their airplane 3 times. On the first day we flew our planes once we then had time to enhance their design and fix any flaws that they had.

On the second day we flew our airplanes twice. Every plane improved their flight distance on the second day. A wide range of airplanes did well. We noted that the airplanes that had the best flight distance were long, narrow, dart like airplanes.

In group one, Daniel’s plane was the best and in group two a different plane went further each time. We noted that all these planes had a similar design.

I really enjoyed this engineering project as I learned a lot about how to engineer a plane. When I first started I focused on wing span but I learnt that long narrower planes went further so I changed my design to a longer, narrower plane and it went further.

Andrew Finnerty