Teams construct and navigate planes in a test of team work
Using detailed plans and a flat pack kit of materials, teams construct a 1:4 scale life size plane. Once complete they decorate the plane with specially designed decals. Then teams formulate a strategy to navigate the plane successfully through a series of obstacles, deciding together what roles and responsibilities each person in the team will take. At race time, teams line up their planes on the runway. Just like a Red Bull Air Race, teams must combine speed, precision and skill to navigate the obstacles in record time. The winning team is celebrated!
Team work, resourcefulness and excellent communication skills are required to turn a flat pack of materials into a plane. When constructing the plane, a knowledge of the final objective is key. Allocation of tasks to sub-teams and effective cross team communication with a clear understanding of how one sub-team's components fit into those of the other's and the overall project, will lead to an well-constructed plane. Effective strategic planning, accurate role allocation and effective team work will lead to success in the air race!