When Hamilton Elementary School 4th and 5th grade decided to have their first paper airplane contest, they reached out to MIE—to see if any engineers could help their students craft the best paper airplanes. Three MIE students and members of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics club, Kyriakos Anastasopoulos, Collin Brady and Oliver Sanchez, rose to the occasion, heading to Hamilton Elementary on April 22, 2014 to guide Hamilton’s students in their preparations.

“They [the students] were so excited to learn about how you may use engineering in your careers, and are hooked on making different planes with the suggestions you gave to them,” said Kerrie Rovito, 4th-8th Grade Science Teacher at Hamilton.

Along with helping the Hamilton Elementary students design and their best planes, the AIAA Club members also talked about things like the basic mechanics of how an airplane’s shape and wings affect flight, and how the students could modify their planes to change directions.MIE-ARTICLE2

As Anastasopoulos, Brady and Sanchez prepare for finals week and commencement, Hamilton students will also be working hard to win their Inaugural Paper Airplane Invitational, on Wednesday, April 30, 2013.

For more information, and to view more pictures from the event, please visit Hamilton Elementary.

*To learn more about the UIC AIAA Club, please visit: AIAA.*


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