Paper Plane Flying & Probability

Today 5/6L used their construction skills as part of their Mathematics work, using paper planes to complete some probability-based activities.

The moment before take-off

After design a flying contraption of their choice, students then measured how far, and for how long, their creations could travel. There was some serious competition amongst 5/6’s, and a number of interesting designs on show.


Collecting and graphing this data allowed students to examine whether there were any identifiable patterns emerging from our information.

The big wind-up

Students then calculated various probabilities based on the results of our experiment.

Collating our data

What was the probability that a plane would fly more than 5 metres? Or stay in the air for more than 2 seconds?

Graphing our results

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