On January 12, 2012, 21 fourth and fifth graders from Kramer Lane participated in a model airplane competition at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Participants gathered for a 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). After the presentation, each team of three students built one model airplane together, with each member working on a part. The planes are the Delta Dart model and are made of balsa wood and craft paper. It is powered by a wound rubber band. There is gluing, measuring and cutting with scissors involved. Since this was a team building experience, the goal was for students to accomplish the task independent of adult help, and they did an excellent job.

The teams then participated in the competition, which consisted of four tasks. The 4 stations were Endurance (how long the plane stays in the air), Navigation (fly the plane through an obstacle course), Target (fly the plane to hit the target), and Runway (try to fly and land the plane on a runway.)

We had one team that placed second in the competition, and they received trophies for their hard work: Alexis Guarino, Jesse Flanagan, and Olivia Solano. Congratulations to the girls and to all of the students for their hand work and participation in a fun-filled day. Thank you to the teachers and monitors who helped make the day possible: Mrs. Yale, Mrs. Dionne, Mrs. Cano, Ms. Tracy, Mrs. Marotta, and Mrs. Shea.

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