Physics Students Compete in Grandview Regatta

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Students had to use at least 70% recycled materials for their vessels. Students had to use at least 70% recycled materials for their vessels.

Broadly speaking, the goal of physics is to understand how the universe behaves. It is fitting, then, that physics students should not be contained inside the walls of a classroom. Physics students at Grandview Preparatory School spend time building catapults, slingshots, and kites (and soon, gliders!). Their newest project: building a boat to compete in a Grandview Regatta.

Students’ vessels had to consist of at least 70% recycled materials. Some used boogie boards washed up on the beach, others: discarded plywood and PVC piping from construction sites. Still others used milk jugs and silt fencing.  No matter the materials, all had to be at most 6 feet wide by 7 feet long.

Students applied Newton’s laws of motion, along with lessons in mechanics (including friction, and of course, buoyancy) to design and build the boats. For those of…

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