Paper Planes

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Even with a paper airplane science fair project (which sounds quite simple) we need to become scientists. And a good scientist always asks questions. So... ...let's ask some questions about paper airplanes. These questions are only for reference so we can get our feel for the project. We'll ask our really important question a little bit later. Let's think about our paper airplane science fair project for a little bit and ask ourselves... What is a paper airplane? What makes it fly? Are there different kinds of airplanes? Thoroughly research these and any other questions you can think. Find all you can about different kinds airplanes. Ask an adult about it, or get on the internet. You might even find some good books on paper airplanes at the library. If you really wanted to get serious, you could plan a "field trip" to the airport to find out how real airplanes work. Put a lot of effort into this part. It'll make your life simpler later. After you've done your research, ask the important question. This is also called your hypothesis... Does the number of folds affect the distance a paper airplane will fly? This is a good question because we can try it out in a large, empty room in our house or outside. But don't try it yet. We need to answer our important question first! Let's do that now. What do you think will happen? Does the number of folds affect the distance a paper airplane will fly? Write down your guess on a piece of paper. Don't change it until you see what your paper airplane science fair project does first. Remember... ...we call this guess our hypothesis. It's the most important part of our paper airplane science fair project! Now it's time to get your stuff from the list above. Let's move to the next step. Project Now comes the fun part... ...let's experiment! First, we'll need to make five different patterns

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