From left, Ava Wilke, Tristan VandeBrink, Marshall Rueter and Amorah Brown appear pleased with their glider’s flight while teacher Cindi Pokorny watches it land.
From left, Ava Wilke, Tristan VandeBrink, Marshall Rueter and Amorah Brown appear pleased with their glider’s flight while teacher Cindi Pokorny watches it land.

   It was launch time in the school cafeteria.

   In teams of threes and fours, the third-graders of Murray Park teacher Cindi Pokorny lined up in late January at launch pads built from three-ring binders and rubber bands.

   From there, they let their creations fly: student-designed and student-made glider models based on a professional example but each unique in its aerodynamics and appearance.

   Pokorny imagined the gliders as test models for delivering emergency supplies, so the kids had to calculate how much “cargo” they could carry (in the form of binder clips) and how far they could fly with various loads.

   The tests were part of a “science of flight” unit, which soon could include another element: Pokorny is one of several local teachers who have or will take part in a Civil Air Patrol flight specially for educators.

   See more photos of the test flight project in the March 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.