Monday, 2 July 2012

well why not?

It was really just because I happened to have a handful of pink plastic drinking straws left over from some party or other.  And nothing much left worth sipping.

What better excuse, then, to do a little investigation into flight.

You’ve all made paper aeroplanes I am sure.  You know the kind, where you take a sheet of paper, fold it in half lengthwise, form a pointy end and flip up some wings.  And then you cross your fingers and hurl it across the room.

Well, this works along similar lines, although actually what we will be making is really just a ‘cross-section’ of one wing rather than a whole aeroplane.

Each pink drinking straw needs two strips of paper, taped, one to each end, to make a ring.

One small ring.  At one end.


One larger ring.  At the other.


It’s a bit fiddly, all that sticky tape…..


but it’s important to make sure that the paper rings will not slide off the straw.  You’ll see why in a moment.

Once you have the rings taped in place…..


take aim…..


and launch your ‘wing’.


See it fly!


And wonder what it is that keeps it up in the air.

Well, why not!

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