NC Science Olympiad
2017 Wright Stuff
Division: B - Middle School
NC Essential Standard Alignment:  
Event Scoresheet: 2017 Wright Stuff Scoresheet
National Event Page: Wright Stuff
Required Materials: Eye protection, plane(s), flight log
Clarifications: (NC Only) In NC, participants will be required to wear safety spectacles while in the flight area. (9/8/16)

This is a building event. Teams will build and test ahead of time up to 2 rubber powered single prop monoplane(s). A flight log containing at least 6 parameters for at least 10 test flights must be written and turned in at the competition. At the competition, teams will have 8 minutes to complete up to 2 official flights for the maximum time aloft.

Teams MUST bring Safety Spectacles, their plane(s) and flight log. Teams may also bring any materials needed to trim and calibrate their plane(s).

Event Leaders will bring tools necessary to measure and check the planes, and the official scoresheet.

High score wins. Points are earned for seconds aloft. Teams missing part or all of their flight log will be penalized.

Common Mistakes:

  • Don't forget your flight log! This is an easy penalty to avoid.

Event Resources:
2016 Coaches Institute Presentation (2017 Rules)
2014 Institute Handout (2015 Rules)
How to bend a motor hook
Sample stabilizer template
2009 Coaches Institute Presentation (2010 rules)
Links and References for Wright Stuff (2008)
2007 State Tournament Wright Stuff Results

Pictures and Video:


Video: How to wind your rubber motor. This video shows a helicopter, but the principles of winding and what to watch out for are the same.
How to attach wing covering- tissue paper shown.
How to glue balsa. Prepping your surface, what to watch out for.
How to weigh, cut, tie, and lubricate a rubber band motor for one of the flying events
In flying events in Science Olympiad (Wright Stuff, Gliders, Flying Bird, Helicopters, etc) it is sometimes necessary to curve balsa wood to get a desired shape for the outline or a rib of your wing. This demonstration shows one way to achieve a significant curve.


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