Model Glider Competition 2018

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On December 17, 1903, two brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, became the first humans to fly a controllable, powered aeroplane. To unravel the mysteries of flight, the Wright brothers built and experimented extensively with model gliders. Gliders are aircrafts without motors or a power source. Building and flying gliders helped the Wright brothers learn and understand the importance of weight and balance in aeroplanes.

Who can participate?

The Contest is open to students of all secondary schools in Mauritius as follows:
Category 1: Grade 10 and Category 2: Grade 12
Participants should work in teams of Four students under the guidance of one supervising teacher. Students who have opted for Science/Mathematics /Design and Technology and even non-science subjects (Art/Languages and Social Sciences) are invited to participate.

Form & Flyer


Winning teams of each category will be awarded prizes as follows:
First Prize: Cash prize Rs 8000 + shield
Second Prize: Cash Prize of Rs 4000 + shield
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Aims & Objectives


To enable students to use science process skills to explore ideas, design concepts and techniques in aviation through practical application of basic aerodynamics.


1. Enable students to develop, construct and fly their own model gliders.
2. Encourage students to explore ideas and come up with solutions by working in teams.
3. Develop creativity and innovation among young people.
4. Give students the opportunity to participate in fun activities related to Science and Technology.

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Rules and Regulations

• Each team should consist of 4 students of Grade 10 or Grade 12 in the respective category.
A glider has no engine. No radio or other forms of remote control are permitted.
• All up weight of the model in flying conditions, including its nose weight, must be between 50g and 200g. The lower limit (50g) will rule out paper planes or balloons and the upper (200g) will prevent dangerous flying bricks. The models measured wingspan must be between 60 cm and 100 cm.
• Although balsa wood and doped tissue or plastic covering is an obvious choice, any constructions materials may be used, as long as the weihgt limits are observed. A foam/plastic known as "Depron", which is available locally, is a recommended alternative. (The cost of a completed model will be very unlikely to exceed Rs500).
• Team leader’s name and school name should be on the model.

Judging will take into account

1. Originality of the design and neatness of construction.
2. Flying performance: Each team will be allowed three hand-launched flights, of which the flight which achieves the longest distance will score.

Contact Information

Send your Registration Form by post to:
Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre,
Old Moka Road, Bell Village, 11202, or by Fax on 2132726
or Email:

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