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STEP ONE
 Each person in your group will create
a paper airplane. Try out several designs before deciding on the one
you will use. Remember: you are trying
to create a plane that will fly the longest distance.
 Want to learn more about paper
airplanes? Try these links.
STEP TWO
 Each person will do three test flights
with their paper airplane while the other group members measure the
distance your plane flew (in centimeters). Post the distances
on the Group Data Sheet.
 Important:
The
distance should be measured in a straight line from where you stand
to where the plane lands. Round your distance to the nearest tenth
of a cm or half foot.
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STEP THREE
 After three test flights, calculate
the mean distance your plane flew. If you measured the distance in
feet and inches, use the following web page to convert your mean distance
to centimeters: http://www.sciencemadesimple.net/EASYlength.html
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STEP FOUR
 When
all your group members have completed the steps above, calculate the
mean for the whole group.
 Create
a horizontal bar graph illustrating the mean of each of your group
members. Use the following online graphing site to create your vertical
bar graph. (hint: the X axis will be the names of your group
members and the Y axis will be the flight distance in
centimeters): http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/Graphing/bar.asp
 Save
your group's graph to your file, and print it
 At
the bottom of your graph, write your groups final mean and hand it into your teacher.
 Take
a look
at
an example of a completed
graph.
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STEP FIVE
 On
the Class Data Sheet, post your
groups' mean distance. As
a class, determine your class mean distance. On
a bulletin board post the bar graphs from all the groups.
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STEP SIX
 Using the Thinking Back
sheet,
reflect on what you have learned during this project. Hand this into
your teacher.
STEP SEVEN
 Your teacher will email
the class results to the project
coordinator of the Come Fly With Me! project. In
the subject line of the email, write: Come
Fly With Me data
 Include the following
information in this email: the
class mean (in centimeters), the town or city where the school is
situated , the name of the school and the grade of the participating
class.
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