Our group formation was initiated around two weeks before the tipping point project was assigned. Dylan Thorpe had just presented his personal project, a remote controlled P-51 based off of the historic P-51 named Dallas Doll that was flown by Frank H. Bouldin. At the end of the school day Dylan gave a demonstration flight for his R/C, around one hundred and fifty people came to watch the ten minute long flight. The following Monday while he was riding home on the bus he realized how he could adapt his personal project into a tipping point project. He brought up his idea with Kyran McLeod, a fellow R/C pilot whose personal project had been an R/C quadcopter. Kyran had attended Dylan’s demonstration flight the week before, helping out with…show more content… Any other option would take time to plan and put into practice, time that we would not be able to spare if we were going to gather data and then complete the three requirements of the Tipping Point project on time.
After we were informed that the project would require a second option we decided that selling papercraft models would be a possibility. The problem with the papercraft models being that they take a large amount of time to create and they’re relatively valueless to the market of high school scholars in which they would be distributed. The high schoolers that would be in our market most likley aren’t very interested in paper aircraft models. As stated in Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point, “The messenger matters: messengers are what makes something spread. But the content of the message matters too.” (Gladwell, 92). We figured that remote controlled aircraft would be significantly stickier than small paper aircraft. A second problem would be the cost of producing the models, not only would it take a new sheet of paper per model, it would also use a large amount of toner, a resource that isn’t exactly cheap.
We decided that the success of their project would be measured by the amount of people who came to watch the show. David would use a counting tool to measure this variable, then we would use this data to decide whether or not people lost interest in the airshows over time, or if it