It had been suggested that the foam plate and plastic straw gliders I had been building might be better with the addition of a propeller and rubber motor. After making the modification to an existing glider I was really pleased with the results. With the tension of the rubber I assumed the fuselage would need to be stiffened so I ran a bamboo skewer through the straw that worked well. I few the plane outside in the winter over snow and the plane flew well right away.
In the spring I taught a workshop class at the Wisconsin Afterschool Convention using these ideas. First the teachers built a foam plate and plastic straw glider and then added the propeller and rubber motor. My idea was to show how an idea can evolve.
This summer I had kids build rubber powered foam plate planes in both a College for Kids Class and a Winona Parks and Recreation Summer Camp. The airplanes work well for the most part but like with any model airplane sloppy work results in an airplane that does not fly well.
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