Paper Plate Education
Activity: Alien Platecraft
Fold the edge of the plate under, and give it a very stiff crease so it holds the shape of a Frisbee®. Fling the plate with a flick of your wrist as you would a commercial disc.
You will be surprised to see how far your Alien Platecraft will fly compared to an unadulterated paper plate. Note the improved flight qualities and quantify the difference in flight distance. Perhaps tape pennies or other weights on the underside edge to see how added mass there changes the flight. Discuss how the properties of the modified plate contribute to its improved performance.
Contributed by Chuck Bueter.
Reference: GLPA Proceedings, 1999, p.37.
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