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CNMI STEM Fair to feature paper plane competition

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THE Public School System will include the longest paper plane flight competition in the CNMI-wide STEM Fair on March 13 and 14 at Marianas High School.

PSS science program director Asap Ogumoro said the competition is open to second to fifth graders, but only one student can represent his or her school.

“There is a lot of engineering process and technicality behind it,” Ogumoro added, referring to a paper plane.

“There is a lot of learning while in the process of making a paper plane,” he said.

For the competition, the students are required to submit the blueprint of their paper plane, including its design. They will present the blueprint and the paper plane on the day of the competition.

“The students will then compete on who can launch their paper aircraft the farthest,” Ogumoro said.

During the preliminary round, students can practice and test their paper planes, he added.

The students will be allowed two throws. “If both throws are out of bounds, [then] they are out. If they both stay [within] bounds, then we will record the longest flight,” Ogumoro said.

The outdoor competition will be held on March 14 in an area 50 feet wide and 180 feet long.

Through the paper plane competition, Ogumoro said they hope to promote designing and building skills among the students.

Teachers are required to submit the names of the students who will represent their schools before Feb. 28.

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