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Paper Airplane Investigation

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Science – SNC2P
NAME:____________________
Scientific Inquiry – Paper Airplane Investigation
Investigation: Paper Airplanes
Overall Expectation
By the end of this course students will:
 Demonstrate scientific investigation skills in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning,
performing and recording, analyzing and interpreting, and communicating).
In this investigation you will be looking for the optimal design of a paper airplane.
Make sure to follow the scientific inquiry process as closely as possible.
Problem:
What is the best way to create a paper plane so that it will fly the furthest?
Variables:
Identify 3 different independent variables in this investigation, then chose one of the
variables that you will study in your investigation.
1
2
3
I will study how
affects the
a paper airplane flies.
Independent Variable
Dependent Variable
Hypothesis:
If _______________ is related to __________________, then as the ______________ is
Dependent Variable
Independent Variable
Independent Variable
(increased/decreased) the __________________ will (increase/decrease), because:
Dependent Variable
Plan/Procedure:
Plan out the steps that you will take to study how your independent variable affects how
far the plane flies.
Henley, 2016
Science – SNC2P
Scientific Inquiry – Paper Airplane Investigation
Results:
Trial 1
Trial 2
Trial 3
Trial 4
Trial 5
Independent
Distance
Observations:
Conclusion:
Henley, 2016
Science – SNC2P
Scientific Inquiry – Paper Airplane Investigation
NAME:_____________________
Investigation: Paper Airplanes
Specific
Expectation:
By the end of this course
students will:
formulate scientific questions
about observed relationships,
ideas, problems, and/or issues,
make predictions, and/or
formulate hypotheses to focus
inquiries or research;
conduct inquiries, controlling
some variables, adapting or
extending procedures as
required, and using standard
equipment and materials
safely, accurately, and
effectively, to collect
observations and data;
Remedial: Requires Remediation - (0 to 45%)
Level 1: Below Expectations - (50 to 59%)
Level 2: Approaching Expectations - (60 to 69%)
Level 3
Level 4
Meets Expectations
Exceeds Expectations
(70 to 85%)
(86 to 100%)
Variables chosen show complete thought into their
effect on the flight of the paper plane and are
effectively incorporated into the hypothesis
statement;
Procedure developed for the investigation shows
complete thought in considering proper control,
accurate recording, and effective analysis to confirm
or refute the original hypothesis.
Comments:
Henley, 2016
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