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Science Hits the Bullseye!

Science Hits the Bullseye!
Science Hits the Bullseye!

8th graders have been involved in an exploration of how projectiles work for their recent physics studies this month. Using space exploration as a background theme, the class learned about the different factors that affect the flight of an object (angle, force, etc.). The unit's design challenge asked them to design a ball launcher that could hit a target at two different distances by changing one of those factors. Students had to take multiple measurements to determine the average distance their launcher would hit, and then place a target there. The class has been very successful - pictured here, Maple and Alyssia hit a 4-foot square target from 130 feet away (note the hole near the bullseye)! 

 

Rich Seymour
Middle School Science