St. Mary East Islip Students Place at Cradle of Aviation Competition
On Saturday, January 16th, fourth and fifth grade students from St. Mary School in East Islip participated in the Flying Model Competition at the Cradle of Aviation. The students attended a thirty minute presentation on aerodynamics and tips for flying the model airplanes. The presentation was presented by engineers from the Long Island section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Teams of three were then led to one of the museum classrooms to build their model airplanes. The planes were Delta Darts made of balsa wood and tissue paper. They were powered by wound rubber bands. Measuring and cutting were involved. Each classroom had an AIAA member instructing the students as well as assistants for individual help.
When the airplanes were completed, the teams competed in three stations: Endurance (how long the plane stays in the air), Navigation (fly plane through an obstacle course), and Runway (try to fly and land the plane on a runway).
Two of our fourth grade teams came in first and third place. It was a wonderful day for all!