Next Time You Fold A Paper Airplane, Fold It The Way The World Record Holder Says Works Best

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in Science


From Harvard University: John Collins, who designed the distance world record for paper airplane flight (226 feet), presented a workshop for students in the master’s in design engineering program, a joint program of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. After the workshop, held at the GSD, Collins demonstrated how to fold his world record plane.
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Male 344
One of the best assemblies we ever had in elementary school was a NASA / Lockheed group come in and teach us about science.

One guy got up and said: "Let's build a paper airplane together. You tell me what to do and I will make the airplane."

We all shouted to fold the paper in half, and to our horror, he folded the paper in the wrong direction. We told him to unfold it and make a different crease instead. He unfolded it but made another fold in the wrong spot again. This continued for a while until he had made some weird circular origami projectile that looked nothing like a paper airplane.

But then he threw it, and it sailed across the cafeteria and hit the back wall. Best lesson we could have ever gotten in communication, experimentation, and the power of mistakes.
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Male 60
Ummm....too fast! How am I supposed to follow that?
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Male 514
I remember using this design in primary school about 30 years ago and being mighty impressed, never looked back since!
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Male 1,689
Here is the video of it being thrown.
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