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5th and 6th Grade Flight Camp

Kids will begin building rubber-band-powered planes called "Delta Darts." These paper and balsa wood planes are easy to build and only take about an hour and a half to complete. Instruction will include how to safely handle razor blades and glue. After construction, kids will fly their planes in the gym. Once everyone is up and flying, we'll have a flight contest. Currently, the state record for the Delta Dart is 58.6 seconds. Perhaps someone will beat it! In the days that follow, kids will have the opportunity to build a second Delta Dart and alter its basic design. Then kids will see how their modifications affect the Dart's flight. Then we'll have a modified Dart flight contest.

Students will also build soda straw gliders. A soda straw glider is constructed out of a note card a straw and tape. Distance and accuracy contests will be held in the gym.

Lastly, students will build rugged outdoor flyers called Souxie-Qs. These planes take a little more effort to build, but are a lot of fun to fly on a hot summer day.

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7th and 8th Grade Flight Camp

Like the younger kids, 7th and 8th graders will begin building rubber-band-powered planes called "Delta Darts." Students in this age group will take about an hour to complete their plane. Instruction will include how to safely handle razor blades and glue. Kids will fly their planes in the gym and compete in a flight contest. The state record for the Delta Dart is 58.6 seconds; perhaps someone will beat the state record! Students will have the opportunity to build a second Delta Dart and alter its basic design. Then kids can see how their modifications affect the Dart's flight.

All students will build rugged outdoor flyers called Souxie-Qs. These planes take a little more effort to build, but are a lot of fun to fly on a hot summer day.

Lastly, students will build a more challenging plane called the "Right Flyer." This plane requires that the kids cut out all parts to make the airfoil. When finished, this tissue-covered plane is capable of taking off from the ground, and landing on its wheels after a long, majestic flight.

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