Paper Airplane Launcher
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WHAT WILL YOU MAKE?
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
- Paper airplane
- Flat piece of wood that is wider than the paper airplane
- 1 large rubber band
- 2 nails
- Hot glue gun
Set up the launcher.
Hammer the two nails into the board roughly one inch from the edge. Do not hammer them all the way into the board. They should stick out by at least 2 inches.
Space the nails far enough apart so that the paper airplane will have enough room to fly between them.
Stretch the rubber band around the nails.
Set up the airplane.
Bend the outer arm of the paper clip so that it forms a right angle with the body of the paper clip (see left picture).
Poke the bent arm of the paper clip through the center of the paper airplane about one inch from the nose of the plane.
Hot glue the body of the paper clip along the inner walls of the airplane.
Test your launcher!
After the hot glue has dried, slightly bend back the arm of the paper clip that is sticking out underneath the plane so that it forms a hook.
Pinch the end of the plane beneath the wings with your fingers and hook it onto the rubber band.
Pull it towards you and then release the plane to watch it fly away!
Try adding books or more pieces of wood underneath the front end of your launcher to increase the angle at which it will fly off!
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