This is the perfect project to show how lift, drag, and weight can work together to create a working glide ratio!
Plus, it's super fun to test by flinging it off of a table!
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Tips and Troubleshooting
If the gliding car nose dives, then...
Make sure to bend the tail slightly upward.
Make sure to stop pressing on the car just before it launches off of the table.
If the gliding turns sharply upward and crashes, then...
Use only 1/3 of a sheet of card stock. If the wings are too big, it may generate too much lift.
Make sure there is a weight on the front of the car. If it's still turning sharply upward, try adding more weight to the front.
If the gliding tilts to one side and crashes, then...
Make sure the wings are bent slightly upward.
Try making the stabilizers on the tips of the wings bigger.
Push the car off of the table as straight as possible.