Local students compete with paper airplanes for chance to fly over Augusta

By  | 

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Sparking an interest in aviation.

"They're learning...They're watching from their peers they're learning the techniques of how to fly their airplane...But they are also getting a chance to figure out the physics...How can they contend with the elements...The wind is blowing across their flight path so they are learning how to deal with that...How to best launch it at the best angle so it's a very good learning environment," said Ben Forehand, Teacher AR Johnson.

Ben Forehand says last year his kids at AR Johnson are ready now more than ever.

"When you look at the physics involved with flight it's a great learning opportunity but it's also an opportunity for them to experience it in a competitive environment. Obviously, when you add the competitive element it's a lot more fun."

Students at Josey High say they are ready to take home the title.

Jamirah Mitchell, a Josey High student remains optimistic. “ We are trying to come out with the win today for Josey High School and show them that the Airforce is the best branch.”

Competing in the distance, time and unique design, Nick says he's been working at home to perfect his paper airplane craft and he’s got the magic touch. “Your plane should be shaped as best as you can get it it's symmetrical...it's good creases in it and your paper is not all badly folded...and you just throw it correctly too."

For some, it’s a lot more than the contest, it’s about the fun.

“Davis is wearing his airplane or air pilot outfit, he loves to dress up like Poe from Star Wars."

The contest was first designed to help students learn more about engineering and piloting.

For more information visit  WWW.AUGUSTAAVIATION.COM.