Paper Airplane Competition

This competition is part of the Engineers Week 2016 activities scheduled at School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University.

The competition was organized in collaboration by Kelvin Smith Library and Case Engineering Council.

Date: February 22, 2015
Place: Tinkham Veale Ballroom
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Prizes*:

* Prizes are in the form of gift cards combination, totaling the posted sum.

  • first place: $50 per event
  • second place: $۲۰ per event
  • best combined score: $50 per category

General Rules

General Rules

  1. The Competition is open to all Case Western Reserve University students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  2. Participation in the competition is free of charge.
  3. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are accepted based on materials availability.
  4. Competition has two categories: Engineers and Open. Category is selected during registration.
  5. The Engineers Category is open to all CSE students, faculty, staff and alumni. Participants in this category will compete in three rounds: longest distance, longest airtime, and airport. See specific rules for this category.
  6. The Open Category is intended for all majors except engineering. Participants in this category will compete in two rounds: longest distance and longest airtime. See specific rules for this category
  7. Each airplane is required to be marked with the name of a library resource. Markers are provided.
  8.  The competition will be judged by a jury consisting of one Case Engineering School faculty, one KSL engineering librarian, and two Case Engineering Council members.
  9. There will be awarded a total of five $50 first place prizes, five $20 second place prizes, and two $50 best combined score prizes.

Longest Distance

  • This event values the maximum range an airplane can travel.
  • The distance will be measured with a laser tape.
  • The jury will measure the distance from the starting line and the point where the paper plane stops. Results will be recorded in centimeters.
  • In case of a tie, the participants/teams  will continue to compete until we have a clear winner

 Longest Airtime

  • This event values the maximum time an airplane stays in the air.
  • The airtime will be measured using stop watches.
  • The jury will measure the time from the moment the paper plane takes fly and first time it hits the ground or any object. Results are counted in seconds.
  • In case of a tie, the participants/teams  will continue to compete until we have a clear winner

Airport

  • This event values plane capacity to land in a special designated area on the testing field, named airport.
  • “Airport” area is 20 cm wide and 300 cm long and it starts five meters from the launching line and it lays along the testing field.
  • Landing inside the “airport” will score a maximum score. For airplanes landing outside the “airport” the jury will measure the x and y coordinates of the point where the plane stops relative to the “airport” area. Score will be calculated x+y. Results are measured in centimeters.
  • In case of a tie, the participants/teams  will continue to compete until we have a clear winner

Engineers Category Rules

  1. Schedule: 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Registration, design, construction, and practice; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Competition; 2:30 pm Results
  2. This category is open to all CSE students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  3. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are accepted based on materials availability.
  4. Participants in this category can compete individually or in teams of maximum three members. Teams are required to choose a name for the team.
  5. This category includes three rounds: longest distance, longest airtime, and airport. Three trials per participant/team per round are allowed with the best attempt counting for ranking.Participants/teams can choose to participate in one, two, or three rounds, using up to three different airplanes per round.
  6. Airplanes must be constructed from up to three standard letter size paper sheets and glue, tape and rulers are allowed to be used. All materials are being provided during registration. The airplanes should not weigh more than 100 grams.
  7. Airplane must be launched by throwing it unaided from behind a straight launch line marked on the floor. The participant needs to have both feet firm on the ground during the attempt. A run-up or fast walk as part of the launch is not permitted, nor the use of ramps or like devices.
  8. Passing over the launch line leads to disqualification. Touching the launch line or any point beyond during the launch, leads to an invalid attempt. After completion of the launch, the thrower may move beyond the launch line.

Open Category Rules

  1. The category is open to all Case students, faculty, staff and alumni from all majors except engineering.
  2. Registration is recommended but walks-in are accepted based on materials availability.
  3. Participants can participate individually only.
  4. This category competes in two rounds: longest distance and longest airtime. Three trials per round are allowed with the best attempt counts for ranking. Participants can choose to participate in one or both rounds, using up to three different airplanes per round. Jury retains the right to allow more trials if necessary.
  5. Airplanes must be constructed from up to three standard letter size paper sheets. No glue, tape or rulers are allowed to be used. No ripping, gluing, cutting, stapling or ballasting is allowed. All materials are provided at the competition.
  6. Airplane must be launched by throwing it unaided from behind a straight launch line marked on the floor. The participant needs to have both feet firm on the ground during the attempt. A run-up or fast walk as part of the launch is not permitted, nor the use of ramps or like devices.
  7. Passing over the launch line leads to disqualification. Touching the launch line or any point beyond during the launch, leads to an invalid attempt. After completion of the launch, the thrower may move beyond the launch line.