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  1. Hi, I was wondering how I could get a copy of the Science Unit that has been developed for this challenge.
    Cheers

  2. Hi Shane,

    I’m afraid you will have to contact James Norton and Dylan Parker directly at http://www.paperpilots.com.au. Generally schools can get hold of the units if they invite them to your school to run a workshop. However, contact them and see how they can help you out.

    Stuart

  3. Paper Plane Registration Page
    Point 8. word error… should be ‘if you wish’ not ‘if who wish’!

    Looking forward to getting my school involved.

  4. Hi
    Apologies if I have overlooked the date on the website. When is the closing date for student registrations for the Challenge?

  5. Hi Myra,

    Registration closes at the end of National Science Week on Monday 24th August at 5pm.

    Stuart

  6. I registered last week, but I did not received the confirmed email.
    When will I received it?

  7. William, the confirmation email goes to the email address of the adult on your registration form. Your name on the leaderboard shows that we received your registration.

  8. Thank you for your work in setting this up. I just wanted to let you know that Leura Public School is planning to participate. We are planning to run our event in Week 5 of Term 3. We’ll bring our top 3 for each category down to Sydney.

  9. I was wanting to enter Terranora Public School in this challenge please. I think we would qualify as regional. Can you please confirm with me via email and send an email with instructions for teachers who wish to participate. Thank you.

  10. Just completed our school competition for the regional High Fliers and have video footage, but wondering how we can get the footage to you? Happy to email, but registration form says to send video link. What is the best way to do this?

  11. Hi Katrina,

    Firstly can you dump the video footage onto a file and if the file is large you can share it with us on Google Drive using the following steps:
    1. Go to Google Drive https://www.google.com.au/intl/en-GB/drive/ and open
    2. Look to the tab on the top left and find “My Drive” and click the link.
    3. Go to Upload files
    4. Find one of the video files on your computer and click on it.
    5. Wait for the message bar to say “Uploads completed”
    6. Click on the “Share” link to the bottom right of the message bar.
    7. Copy the Young Scientist email address youngscientist@stansw.com.au
    8. Press “Send”.
    9. Press “Yes” if Are you sure question pops up.
    10. Repeat procedure for each file.
    I will send you a confirmation email saying that I have received your shared files.

    All the best,
    Stuart

  12. Hi there,
    Is it too late to register? Some students have brought this to my attention and they would love to participate.
    Kaitlin

  13. Kaitlyn it is not too late. They still have two weeks from today. Click on Rules and then the sub category Furthest Distance to get the rules for the distance event. For the airtime event, click on the Rules label and then click on the Longest Airtime link to get those rules.

  14. Hi,

    I will be competing in the paper planes competition on the 29th and was wondering if I could bring some paper clips to the day. I ask if I could use them while folding the plane however not use it which throwing.

    Regards,
    Jean-Paul Y

  15. That is fine. Some people are using paddle-pop sticks to fold their planes and paper clips will be fine.

  16. Sorry for the incorrection,

    I was going to ask if I could use the clips while flying the plane

  17. This is not allowed. You are not allowed to tear your plane, add tape, add glue, add weights such as paper clips … You are only allowed to fold the paper.

  18. Hi there, at my son’s school there was a 90 second time limit for the folding of the planes; I am hoping to confirm that on the 29th there will be no such time limit?

  19. Hi, what are specific directions to reach the exact location at University Of Sydney Open Day in 29th August.
    Thanks, Mason

  20. We sent out an information sheet last week for the qualifiers up to that point. We will then be sending details to the next lot of qualifiers on Thursday and then on Tuesday next week for the last set of qualifiers. This information sheet details times, where to meet and transport options for Open Day.

  21. Hi,
    I was just wondering if the one person throws the plane can you enter as a group?
    Thanks

  22. Not really. This is an individual’s event. The group are welcome to come and give support, but the person who folds the plane needs to be the person who throws it, unless there is a medical issue involved, that will need to be referred to the organisers.

  23. Hi there , was wondering how we enter the wild card session – my son came 5th in his school and would love another chance to enter

  24. Turn up to the Square at Sydney University between 10:30am and 11:45am and have a number of throws to see if you can beat the 12m mark for distance and 5s for airtime. Regards, Stuart

  25. Thanks for the quick reply – do I need to fill out a registration form or just turn up

  26. I would like to confirm that the students I have registered have been successfully registered. The confirmation email states my name rather than the student name. Just wanted to be sure that you have recorded their names not mine name 10 times 🙂

  27. Hi Melissa, there are currently 12 different students who have registered from your school on the system.

  28. Hi!

    I have registered my two sons for Saturdays competition but have only received one confirmation email. Can you please you have two registrations from me. They are driving me mad practicing so I want to make sure they are both in!

    Thanks

  29. Hi, my son was registered by his school as he passed the requirements to enter Saturday. They have not received an information sheet, and I was wondering if I could please check he is registered correctly and if you might send me the information sheet with details on where to meet.
    thanks for your trouble
    0419501062

  30. Oops ….forgot to mention from St Phillips Christian College Cessnock…Jacob Eddy distance yr 4

  31. Hi Sorry we did not register in time…..If it is not to late can I register my twin sons
    Adrian & Cameron Roper-Tyler, age 9 yrs
    thanks. if it is a problem that Ok….sorry for the bother

  32. Hello, I am devastated! I have just stumbled across this competition to run this Sunday as part of Science Week….my son is 8 and has been building planes EVERY DAY for the past year since seeing the film, and has been asking me to find a competition. Is there any way at all Monty can join in this Saturday???
    I look forward to your reply.
    Kind regards,
    Alexandra

  33. We have the Old Teachers College Hall booked which is over 30m long and has a very high roof.

  34. We are running a Wild Card Round from 10:30 to 11:45am for anyone who is in a position like Monty’s. All you have to do is beat the qualifying distance of 12m and/or airtime of 5s and you qualify for the finals which start at 12 midday (although we might start a bit earlier due to the huge numbers). Simply turn up (no pre-booking) and register and pay your gold coin donation and you can attempt to qualify.

  35. Where specifically at Sydney University is this being held? the university is huge, just wondering where we should be going or what entrance to go in? thanks.

  36. The Paper Planes Challenge is being held on the Square, next to Physics Rd. Later today every competitor and associated adult will receive an email with all the details.

  37. What a fantastic day our qualifiers from, Pacific Palms Public School, had at the Young Scientists Paper Plane Challenge.
    We had 9 kids qualify from our small school, on the mid north coast, and all families made the 3 hour trip to participate.
    One of our students,Taj Witherow Strutt, came 4th in the airtime event. Very proud!
    Thanks so much for running this event and a big thank you to the Paper Pilots, who were kind and generous with their time.
    When do you hope to have results and photos up on the web page? All the kids are keen to know what times and distances the winners threw.
    Thanks again
    Melissa

  38. I have just received the photographs back from the photographer. We will get something up in the next few days.

  39. Our school would like to be involved in the Regional Paper Plane competition in 2016. We are located in Perth. Please can you advise me of the tentative or confirmed date and event details so that we can promote this information to our community.

  40. Katie, we will have the information and details ready in early March. It will be very similar to last year with Regional High Flyer entries due by the first Monday, at midnight, after National Science Week which would be August 22nd 2016. We will have the registration system set up in early March and you can enter any time after that. Dylan Parker and James Norton, who inspired the movie “Paper Planes” are the chief organisers this year and both Paper Pilots and the Young Scientist will be having the leaderboard updated on our respective websites. Just to remind all regional entries, that we require a video of the throw which includes a pan of the surroundings so we can establish that there is no wind assistance.

    We look forward to Western Australian students taking part

  41. Hi
    I would like to know whether you can tell us when and where this competition will be held in Melbourne.
    My son wants me to take him to NSW for NSW competition if there is nothing in Melbourne.
    If his school is not doing the event, where Can he compete please?

    Hope to hear from you.

    Kind Regards

  42. We are hoping to go national in 2017, but for this year I think your son should enter our High Flyers Paper Plane Challenge. Anyone from NSW or Australia who are unable to travel to Sydney for the finals can send in video footage of their throw. We will have a leaderboard so you can check where your son is coming and he can improve his distance and progress up the leaderboard. We will be setting this up soon so stay tuned. We are also having a division for International students so anyone can enter from Kenya, Brazil, Switzerland and even from Iceland. It will be very exciting.

  43. That’s wonderful. He will be so happy to hear this.
    I am either happy to get him to post a video footage or come to Sydney if this is allowed.
    If he is currently attending a primary school in Victoria (8 year old), will there be anywhere in Sydney he can participate in any paper plan competition?
    This will depends on the date as I need to check whether I can get an annual leave.
    Thank you

    Kind Regards
    Mi

  44. If your son can make the qualifying distance or airtime, then he is most welcome to attend the finals at Sydney University on Saturday 27th August. He does not need to enter a school competition to qualify.

  45. The qualifying airtime is 5 seconds for all age groups. The qualifying distances are Years K-2 – 10m, Years 3-4 – 12m, Years 5-6 – 15m, Years 7-12 – 20m. We will be having competitions based on school year level as shown.

  46. CanI clarify registration process for 2016, on the registration page it talks about 2015, I am the STEM club coordinator and am looking at running it over coming weeks, do I need to register the school or highest acheiving students? thanks

  47. We are currently developing a new registration and league table system. Once this is ready we will be letting everyone know via a post on our homepage. It is definitely on again and it will be bigger in 2016. You will simply register the highest achieving students once you have finished your Paper Plane event at your school. Go ahead and organise your event along the similar lines as last year. The main difference is that we will have different age groups for primary years e.g K-2, 3-4 and 5-6 as well as 7-12 will be the only group for secondary schools.

  48. Can you give me details about what is happening this year in terms of paper planes competitions. Our school is located in Narrandera which is a rural location.

    Bethany Herrmann

  49. We are currently developing a new registration and league table system. Once this is ready we will be letting everyone know via a post on our homepage. It is definitely on again and it will be bigger in 2016. You will simply register the highest achieving students once you have finished your Paper Plane event at your school. Go ahead and organise your event along the similar lines as last year. The main difference is that we will have different age groups for primary years e.g K-2, 3-4 and 5-6 as well as 7-12 will be the only group for secondary schools.
    For rural schools who can’t make the finals in Sydney in September (date and venue to be finalised) we are holding the Australian High Flyers Paper Plane Challenge where you film your student’s throwing their throws. Details of how these videos will be uploaded is still to come. This is a separate competition and has just as good prizes.

  50. Thanks for the question Jane,

    The simple answer is that there is no separate school registration as such. You simply hold your school event and then send us the results on our online registration system. We are currently developing a new registration and league table system. Once this is ready we will be letting everyone know via a post on our homepage. It is definitely on again and it will be bigger in 2016. You will simply register the highest achieving students once you have finished your Paper Plane event at your school. Go ahead and organise your event along the similar lines as last year. The main difference is that we will have different age groups for primary years e.g K-2, 3-4 and 5-6 as well as 7-12 will be the only group for secondary schools.

  51. Hi ,

    I am interested in finding out more about the 2016 comp. Can I please be emailed any information on this event.

  52. Hi George, your email address has been added to the database so you will receive all the latest news and updates. There will be an important announcement in the next few days.

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