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Build and test a model rocket kit
Most good toy and model shops sell model rockets. A small chemical engine is ignited by an electric controller, and the rocket blasts off. The rocket engine usually has a two-stage action, the first propelling the rocket, and the second firing a recovery parachute. The chemical rocket engines come in different 'powers' and can fire the rockets to different heights.
Explore the design of model aeroplane wings
The good thing about model aeroplanes is that they really do replicate real air craft. Wing structures take on board the structures used in nature. As the project involves building a number of planes to test out different wing shapes, it is ideal for a team to carry out.
Design a parachute that can be fitted to a model aircraft
Model planes and gliders are often the result of many hours of labour. Unfortunately, weather conditions, mechanical failure or loss of radio contact can result in their sudden descent. If an aeroplane or glider crashes it not only gets damaged itself but can cause injury to bystanders and damage to property. Consequently there is a need for model aircraft to have some sort of parachute fitted. You may well need to enlist the help of your local model flying club; the British Model Flying Association can help: www.bmfa.org .