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Trash Gliders by Form 8 

On Monday afternoon the contrasting design ethoses of Leonardo da Vinci and Darth Vader went head to head in the Sanderson Building.

Teams were tasked with building a glider from scrap cardboard to carry a standard wooden dowel fuselage as far as possible.

The Form 8 trash glider competition had begun!

As you can see from the photos below there were a number of different designs employed from classic gliders to elegant swallow tailed darts via weird asymmetric designs and on to Darth Macpherson's terrifying Imperial Star Destroyer.

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The victorious Toxic Seagulls fine tune their design.

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I had high hopes for this classic flyer. It crashed into the wall!

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A particularly elegant design!


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Darth Macpherson's Imperial Star Destroyer; not a great flyer in Earth's atmosphere.

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Hamish van Barneveld at the oche.

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"Something is stuck to the bottom of our glider!"

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The Toxic Seagull takes to the skies!

 

As well as being a simple introduction to the mechanics of flight this also shows what we can do with materials that would otherwise be discarded.

Promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility are a big part of what we hope to achieve this year. 

The Summer could well see a further competition with gliders launched from a higher point (The Eildons?) as part of our Outdoor Learning programme.

 

Well done to all involved!



 


Tom Rawson, 30/01/2018