Computational Deployment: Simulating A Rocket

The model rocket project has long been a favorite at the Academy. For the past fifteen years, students have designed, fabricated and then launched model rockets as the first project of the program. Over the years, I have tweaked the project several times, each time finding new ways to introduce authentic analysis in the process.Continue reading “Computational Deployment: Simulating A Rocket”

Our Custom Designed Bridge Tester

Our Goal – Make A Better Bridge Crusher! This year Bob and I decided to upgrade our bridge project. We wanted to create an improved device for measuring the load on the model bridges created by the students. Specifically, we wanted to design a way for the students to collect meaningful performance data. The problemContinue reading “Our Custom Designed Bridge Tester”

Investigating The Projectile Particle Model

The Class Designs The Deployment Experiment The video above shows the recent deployment activity where students predicted the vertical position of a projectile (a Hot Wheels car) as it traversed a known horizontal distance. The student predictions are identified by green sticky notes on the the left hand side. The students first had to workContinue reading “Investigating The Projectile Particle Model”

A Modernized Bridge Design Contest

Modernizing An Old Classic We have just completed the second project in the Academy for the 2014-15 school year. It was a huge success! This project takes a classic physics project and “upgrades” it by incorporating modern engineering design technology and fabrication techniques. We started with a great project that is now available online throughContinue reading “A Modernized Bridge Design Contest”

Analyzing A Rocket’s Performance – A Common Core Assessment

Overview: What is Common? Argumentation You might be one of the many Americans that are a bit perplexed by this whole new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) “stuff”. In this post I will try my best to explain how I designed an assessment for the first year students in the Academy that aligns with theContinue reading “Analyzing A Rocket’s Performance – A Common Core Assessment”