Make and test their own Hoopster airplane.
finished Hoopster example (optional)
paper Hoopster template (one long and one short strip)
clear plastic tape
plastic straws (not the kind that bend)
- (before launching) Do you think it will fly? Why or why not? How far do you think it will go?What if we made it heavier?What if we try throwing it differently?
What To Do
You may wish to show the class a finished Hoopster example before the activity, as they probably have not seen a paper airplane quite like it before! Do they think it will fly? Why or why not?
- Cut out the template (one long and one short strip).
- Curl each strip into a loop and tape the ends together.
- Put one end of a straw onto the middle of a strip of tape. Put the big hoop on top of the straw and fold the tape up the sides of the hoop.
- This part can be a little tricky. Put another strip of tape at the other end of the straw. Press the small hoop very gently onto the tape. Move it around until it lines up with the big hoop, then press the tape down firmly.
- Hold the Hoopster in the middle of the straw, with the little hoop in front. Launch it like you would throw a paper airplane.
- Put a paper clip at the bottom of the small hoop.Make a really long Hoopster with two straws. Cut a little slit at the end of one straw and pinch it so it fits inside the other straw, then tape them together.Make a double Hoopster with two little hoops side-by-side on one end and two big hoops side-by-side on the other end.Try adding cargo to the Hoopster and see if it will still fly. This can be something students can try at home.
Activities for older students, but adaptable for kindergarteners:
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