Physics/Engineering Abstract (Part 1): While studying energy and energy storage, students will small-scale create launchers that propel an object using springs, compressed air, electromagnetics, or other means. There will be an emphasis on repeatability and precision.
Physics/Engineering Abstract (Part 2): Students will create a two-axis turret for their projectile motion device and program it using an Arduino. The end product must take basic information from a user (relative X,Y,Z position of target, wind speed, etc.) and must automatically perform all necessary calculations, take aim, and fire. There will be an emphasis on accuracy. Curriculum may also include simple machines for the mechanics of the 2-axis manipulation.
Math Abstract: Students will take data on their project launcher to characterize it’s performance. Students will then derive 3 dimensional projectile motion equations, solve for variables, and organizing/optimize the equations for programming. Obvious trigonometry ties.
Humanities Abstract: Throughout the project, students will study the evolution of warfare. Starting with the mechanization of war, leading into current drone warfare, and making predictions of future dilemmas. This has ties into geography, history, ethics, world cultures, and current events. The product itself (made by children) is a testament to our level of technology. Disciplines: Mathematics, Physics, Humanities, Engineering, Fabrication, Programming