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”

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”

Modeling A Rocket’s Journey – A Synthesis

A Synthesis Of All The Models (Thus Far) In this post I will describe a culminating activity for the first year students in the Academy. This is really the destination that the students have been headed towards since the beginning of the course. Everything they have learned is synthesized in this activity where the studentsContinue reading “Modeling A Rocket’s Journey – A Synthesis”

Building The Net Torque Model – Part 2

Investigating An Unbalanced Net Torque We started by looking at the fact that a disk experiencing a net unbalanced torque also experienced a change in rotational or angular velocity. The students used a rotary motion sensor to measure the angular position and the angular velocity of a disk experiencing a constant torque and the studentsContinue reading “Building The Net Torque Model – Part 2”

Our New Full Spectrum Laser

Last week our new Full Spectrum Laser arrived at school. Thanks to the generous donation of a graduating senior’s parents, we were able to purchase theĀ Full Spectrum Pro LF Series 36×24 model with a 90 W laser upgrade and active water chiller. This cutter replaces our eight year old laser that has had some seriousContinue reading “Our New Full Spectrum Laser”