Lots of Fun in Science Class

Lots of Fun in Science Class

In Sara Russell’s Science classes the past month, her students have been busy working on many different projects. Students have had the opportunity to make foam rockets, create roller coasters, and work with 3D printers to create whatever they wanted to. In her CP Physics class, students have been working on projectile motion. The foam rocket lab had the students measure how far the rocket travels when shot at different angles. Then as a follow up student then needed to determine how high the rocket went and how fast it traveled as it left the launch system.

In her Honors Physics class, students explored rotational motion with a Roller Coaster Lab which also led into the beginning to our energy unit. Students first made a roller coaster that had a minimum of two hills, two turns, and one loop. From their design, student then needed to calculate the kinetic, potential, and mechanical energy within their roller coaster. Students also worked with a computer simulator to calculate the rotational forces within loops. Julia Funk ’19, reflects, “I thought the roller coaster project we did in Physics class was really interesting. I was surprised to find out how much physics goes into the making of a roller coaster, and how you must consider acceleration to make sure that nobody will blackout or “red out” on the ride.”

 

Lastly, in her 3D Design class, the students Design project was to create a miniature vase (no taller than 8 mm). The goal of this project was to demonstrate the ability to use the “Follow Me” function in Sketch up. Christine ’19 has enjoyed her time in 3D Printing class, “I have been having so much fun in 3D design class so far this year! One project I just recently finished was printing a miniature vase. At first it was hard to make sure there were no gaps in my vase, the walls were thick enough and that is was the correct height. After a few tries, my vase printed out perfectly and I got to take it home. I’m excited to keep working with the 3D printers!”