Paper Airplanes Back In Style

Many adults will remember the phrase, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye," as the reason we couldn't make or throw paper airplanes at school. However, Mr. Hatcher, the coordinator of the IEC (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate) took an idea from Mr. Zantua  (Tech for Innovation teacher) and brought back the paper airplane to introduce the concept of the iterative process of design. Students were told to go low tech and create a paper airplane without consulting any online resources. They then held a contest to see whose could fly the longest and furthest. Next he will take them into the research phase to design a better airplane and then compare. Part of the design process involves testing and retesting prototypes, and it is an essential skill to learn if students want to be innovators. As of press time, nobody has reported any orbital trauma.