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Engineers Week 2017 competition sponsored by Kelvin Smith Library

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Paper Airplane Competition

This competition is part of the Engineers Week 2017 activities scheduled by the School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. It was organized in collaboration between Case Engineering Council and the Kelvin Smith Library.

Date: February 16, 2017
Place: Grand Ballroom, Room 234, 
Tinkham Veale University Center
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Prizes:  $50 gift card for the first place in each of 3 events

 

Gift cards donated by: Clarivate Analytics company logo

Distance winner: Aditya Nair, Master of Engineering & Management

Airtime and Landing Accuracy winner: Xinyao Tang, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

2017 Paper Airplane Competition Highlights - Over 20 participants

Sharing Ideas

Students Creating Paper Airplanes

Analyzing the Design

Students Creating Paper Airplanes

Creating Paper Airplanes

Students Creating Paper Airplanes

Landing Zone Competition

Students Throwing Paper Airplanes

Distance Competition

Students Throwing Paper Airplanes

Distance Competition

Students Throwing Paper Airplanes

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. The Competition includes three events: longest distance, longest airtime, and landing zone. Participants have the option to compete in one or more events.
  4. Airplanes have to have the general body of a plane as determined by judges (wings, aerodynamic structures). Ex: It cannot be a crumpled piece of paper
  5. Each plane can be built from one sheet of paper and unlimited tape and glue for purposes of adhesion. Tape and glue cannot be used in excessive amounts to add weight.
  6. There is a 30 - 45 minutes session for practice/ building the airplanes. Competing airplanes will be placed at the START line and they cannot be altered after the practice session ends. 
  7. Participants can have a maximum of three different planes, one for each event. 
  8. Each competing airplane is required to be marked with the name of a library resource. Markers are provided.
  9. Jury members retain the right to check each competing airplane and reject those outside the established rules.
  10. Practice session is followed in order by longest distance, longest time, and landing zone events, respectively.
  11. In the case of a tie, competitors will repeat same procedure until a winner is determined.
  12. There will be awarded three $50 gift cards prizes,one prize for the first place in each event.
  13. All judges calls are final.

Longest Distance

  • This event values the maximum range an airplane can travel.
  • Competitors stand behind the START line and cannot get a running start or jump when throwing the plane.
  • Each competitor can have three attempts with the best one counting in the competition.
  • 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 will continue to compete until there is a clear winner


 Longest Airtime

  • This event values the maximum time an airplane stays in the air.
  • Competitors stand behind the START line and cannot get a running start or jump when throwing the plane.
  • Each competitor can have three attempts with the best one counting in the competition.
  • 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  will continue to compete until there is a clear winner

Landing zone

  • This event values plane capacity to land in or as close as possible to a special designated area on the testing field, named landing zone.
  • The landing zone is 6 inches wide and 8 feet long and it is 15 feet away from the START line.
  • A landing is recorded if the plane comes to a complete stop and it is entirely within the landing zone. If any part of the plane touches beyond the exterior edge of the landing zone, the attempt is disqualified
  • The landing zone is divided in areas of different point value, see below.
  • Participants have three attempts to land the airplane, with a maximum score of 30 being achieved.
  • In case of a tie, the participants/teams  will continue to compete until there is a clear winner.