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)!
Middle School Science