Design Challenge


Build a highly accurate prototype drop-copter (see movies at bottom of page) that can hold 1 large bandaid and deliver it to a specific target. (You will drop the drop-copter from the mezzanine to the commons floor into a hula hoop.)

Role: You are Engineer.

Audience: Your client is/are people in need of dropping food/medical/emergency supplies. 

Situation: Your team has been chosen to design a light weight, non-parachute system by Doctors Without Borders.


You will choose and build a drop-copter from the designs provided or create a hybrid design of your own making/choosing that can hit the target hula hoop most consistently. ​Design Requirements:

  • Must have 2 or more blades
  • Must be held and dropped with 2 pinched fingers.
  • NO rotational help given by "LAUNCHER" (Cannot give extra or starter spin)
  • Must carry a note card (representing a bandaid)
  • Notecard cannot be taped to drop-copter

Must Do’s:

  • Inquire and Analyze current designs of “Paper Helicopters.”
  • Give 3 clear prototype top and side technical drawings (Developing a Solution)
  • Technical Drawings must have rough measurements
  • All parts on Technical Drawings must be labeled.
  • Type of paper must be identified in Technical Drawing


  • ***3 kinds of paper***
  • Light (20 pound)
  • Medium (65 pound)
  • Heavy (110 pound)
  • Masking Tape (Mr. Kasper will police)
  • Scissors (You provide)
  • Markers/Colored Pencils (You provide)


Design Option #1 | Design Option #2 | Design Option #3 | Design Option #4

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