When I asked boomerang ninja Logan Broadbent to visit our local high school where I volunteer, he wowed us with his signature stunts that have fueled his videos to tens of millions of views, but he spent the most time in our design and manufacturing class showing us the science that makes a boomerang work and strategies to develop our own designs.
After lots of iterations and some evolutionary dead-ends, we present our World Wide Boomerang. I’ve made it successfully with middle school and high school classes, and it fits into one class period. It’s safe (doesn’t hurt people or break windows), costs pennies, flies in a small yard, is adjustable for advanced flying, and yes, really comes back. It’s an intuitive way to experience why the airfoil shape is so essential to aviation.