It's that time of the year again. It's time to blow the dust out of your brain and put it back to use after an incredibly short Summer. Just to let everyone know what you will be needing this year, Physical Science students will require a scientific calculator (The $10 - $20 dollar ones will do just fine. Ex.: Casio FX300 or FX 260 or one of the Texas Instruments TI 30 series), Plenty of black ink pens, loose leaf paper, and a pack or two of graph paper. Physical Science Honors and Physics Honors students will need this as well as a composition book for lab reports. Do NOT write in the books whatsoever until I instruct you to. We will go over in class the proper format for lab reports which includes how to set up the lab notebook. Honors students will also need to pick up a dedicated USB flash drive used ONLY for class data. I pray that everyone has a wonderful year! God Bless!
The honors physics class was given the task of engineering egg support systems. The egg support system is a fancy name for a device that will allow an egg to be dropped from 70 feet without breaking. Lance Moore, Matthew Goodwin, Derek Bates, and Dakota Nowlin found success in their individual designs. Mr. Miller dropped the designs from the Hamilton Fire Department's S1 truck. A special thanks goes out to the Hamilton Fire Department and firefighters Tim Rye and Matt McCracken for assisting with this lab activity. Pictures are posted below.
David Markham and I had the very distinct pleasure of being chosen as one of the dozen or so teams nation wide to participate in NASA's Modeling and Simulation Teacher workshop this past Summer. We spent two weeks at Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA developing lesson plans to use in the classroom. The plans are now being distributed throughout the country to teachers in the hopes of promoting modeling and computer simulation in the classroom. This was an experience like I could have never dreamed of having the opportunity to participate in. We had the opportunity to tour many behind the scenes areas of Langley and I even got to hold a part of the rocket that is going to Mars. Videos of our projects along with others and promotion videos have now been released and can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hyhvHRoMBA Be sure to check them out. Ours is in the upper left corner called, "It's rocket engineering!" We developed a way to measure the thrust of model rocket engines by using Pasco GLX units and force sensors. We then tested our results through modeling and simulations and even fired rockets both in real life and virtually through simulation. OK, I have to say it.... It was a BLAST!
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