Students work in small groups to design, build, and test a speedboat powered by a hand-made propeller that pushes air. The boats are raced in a 20-foot length of eavestrough filled with water. A set of guided-inquiry worksheets has the students apply key physics concepts and equations to design their boat before building. Time is provided to test and modify their choices.
A minimum of 12 weeks is suggested for this inquiry. Time required will depend on students' prior knowledge, skill set, level of interest and additional time to complete work. read more
Categories: Lab/Student Activity
Learning Goal: To make a simple motor and wind turbine that will produce an electric current when exposed to wind. read more