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Use rubber bands to catapult
this glider into the air.
How does this work? The glider is made from light
materials that make it stay airborne. It is launched
into the air with the thrust from the energy stored
in the rubber bands.
Trace the template on page 28
and use it to cut out one wing
and two tail pieces from the
Turn it over and use the scissors to
make a horizontal cut in the end of
the drinking straw. Slide in the tail
pieces. Staple them in place.
Turn it over. Bend the wings up
around the drinking straw.
Pull the free loop of the rubber
band over the paper wing and loop
it around the drinking straw at the
other side of the wing.
Hook the elastic band at the
front of the glider into the
notch in the craft stick. Hold
the glider between the wing
and the tail. Point the glider’s
nose up into the air.
8 Pullbackontheglider. Letgoandwatchit
catapult into the air!
up around the
Push the end of the
second rubber band into
the end of the drinking
straw at the nose of the
glider. Staple it in place.
A fair test
Try making these adjustments to
the catapult glider. Make one change
at a time and record what happens.
• Try changing the shape of the wings.
• Try using thinner paper.
Glitch: the glider nose dives.
Fix: find the center of gravity
by placing the drinking straw
part of the glider on your
fingertip. Slide the wings
backward or forward until the
This paper glider can travel at high speed.
Find an open space where you are in no
danger of hitting anyone.
Aim the glider at a specific point.
To make the catapult
glider you will need:
• pencil and thin white paper
(for tracing the template)
• Letter-size sheet construction paper
• straight drinking straw
• 2 x long rubber bands
Catapult glider Tolaunchthecatapult glideryouwillneed: •awoodencraftstick (askanadulttocutasmall
notch out of one end)
• paper and pen to record
Fold the wing piece along the
center, unfold it, and place it
on top of the drinking straw.
Loop the rubber band under the
drinking straw at the back of
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