A twist on the paper plane that uses rings for wings!

This is one of the 48 projects for our Instructables: Made In Your Mind (IMIYM) exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Houston showing from May 26, 2012 - November 4, 2012. Produced in partnership with Instructables, IMIYM is an exhibit where families work together to build different fun, toy-like projects that help construct knowledge and skills related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while instilling a “do-it-yourself” attitude in kids so they feel empowered to explore, tinker, and try to make things themselves. To learn more, check out the article here.

This project is a creation by the Children's Museum of Houston staff, but does resemble similar projects like the Huffin' Hoopster   Instructable created by Kiteman. Often, the materials and process for building our projects are designed for use with a large number of visitors (we see over 800,000 annually) and the need to ensure safety in a mostly non-facilitated environment. So, yes, many of these projects have room for improvement in both materials and methodology, which is PRECISELY what we want to encourage the kids to do. So please do share your ideas for improvement and modifications!

Step 1: What You Need

We are selective in our materials for cost, ease of use, and safety due to our high traffic (800,000 visitors annually). So, for our purposes, this design worked best. But you may have other ideas - please share!
  • 1 - 8.5” x 11” Sheet of paper
  • 1 – Drinking Straw
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencil

I hate how they take safety so seriously in the USA. Don't you?
<p>Yes, I do too. In Russia, where I'm from, it's exactly the opposite.</p>
To be on the safe side, I'm going to say, &quot;No, no I don't.&quot; :-)
Then you're either joking or you're one of the biggest idiots I ever met. Over in my school, the kids are 13-14 years old and the teachers only let us use safety scissors, but in Engineering, they'll actually let us use POWER TOOLS, which is kinda weird.

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