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The Physics Project Teaches A Life Skill To A Student

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The Physics Project Teaches A Life Skill To A Student

ClaraGrace Pavelka, Managing Editor

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Ending the first quarter of the year, Mrs. Burkhart’s physics classes constructed rubberband powered cars. Students were instructed to make a car out of select materials including tacks, paper clips, card board, and C.D.’s.

The project used potential energy from the rubber bands to power the car. For students, the design of the car was one of the hardest parts.

“Finding light-weight supplies to get the job done was hard,” junior Olivia Tilton said.

The students were allowed three trials to maximize their distance, and the car needed to roll 5 meters to earn a hundred.

“When the car rolled, incidents arose. I had to change my car model to improve my distance. I learned to not let my nerves overcome my performance,” Tilton said.

Each student gained something different from the project.

“I learned that physics isn’t my thing,” junior Gabby Rodriguez said.

For Tilton, the car project was overwhelming.

“My grade depended on the car, so I had to do every thing I could to get my car to 5 meters. I felt butterflies in my stomach when it was my time to go,” Tilton said.

The project helped Tilton in learning the valuable skill of determination.

“You know, now that I have done this, I am determined to do anything in my life,” Tilton said.

 

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