Can you defeat the odds and create a hovering paper airplane? All you need is a sheet of paper, 2 identical fans and a lot of patience. This is a great experiment to teach the principals behind how an airplane flies, lift and drag, and the principals of air. Watch the video and then try this at home. Can you get the airplane to hover on the air currents?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zys3igBmhB8[/youtube]

Update April 1, 2011
After posting this experiment, we realized we forgot one crucial step in completing this demonstration. It’s the key to making this whole thing work. Watch the video to see exactly how to do this. And Happy April Fools Day everyone.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNOKBBfmgiY[/youtube]

For more information on this lesson, visit the Floating Paper Plane experiment at SteveSpanglerScience.com.

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  1. Barb
    Barb says:

    I got distracted from the experiment by the principles of the lesson. Please be a pal and leave the authorities of the school out of it. Principles of the lesson are good. Proper use of the principles/principals is also good. Thanks.

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