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Gliding Car

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Project Snapshot

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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Tools and Materials

The Engineering Creation Kit has everything you need for this project and many more from STEM Inventions, or get the supplies in bulk:

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.

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