Students can compete to enter the Red Bull paper plane world championships


By Aoife Mullen

Qualifier rounds for the Red Bull Paper Wings 2012 World Championships will be coming to DCU next Tuesday, February 28th.

Nine third level institutions in Ireland will hold qualifiers and the winners will go on to compete in the national final of the worldwide paper plane contest.

The national winner will then represent Ireland at the world final in Hangar 7, Salzburg, Austria from May 4th – 5th.

The 613 qualifier rounds are held in universities in 85 countries for the world’s biggest paper plane competition. The competition, which is specifically aimed at students, is in its third year.

Entrants will be judged in three categories: longest airtime, longest distance and aerobatics.

In the longest airtime and longest distance categories, entrants cannot use any form of assistance. Assistance, such as scissors, glue and sticky tape will only be allowed in the aerobatics category.

The aerobatics category, which is the creativity and style of the paper plane, will be judged on construction, art and design, and flight performance.

Those interested in entering the competition need to register, or ‘check-in’, on the official website for the competition, www.redbullpaperwings.com. More details of the competition, including the rules and individual category specifications can also be found on their site.

If you’re not sure how to make the perfect paper plane, event organisers have provided a step-by-step guide on the site on how to make a “top class paper airplane”.

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