This Cre8ate maths flight testing activity requires students to work in groups and, having made their own helicopter seed model from a template, record the landing positions and distances from a central point when the model is dropped from a standard height of one metre. The experiment is repeated ten times and involves the students in data collection and recording, measurement and the calculation of averages. It also gives good first-hand experience of the mathematical idea of range.

There is an opportunity for students to modify the basic helicopter seed, so that the seeds spread further, by changing parameters such as wing width, wing length, tail length or mass.

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