Homer 33C 8th graders demonstrate keen understanding of physics/ Design skateparks

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

For Immediate Release:

Dec. 8, 2017


HJH 8th graders demonstrate keen understanding of physics

Design skateparks using cardboard, knowledge of momentum and force


Homer Junior High School eighth-graders clearly understand the concept of physics.

On Dec. 8, they displayed skate parks they created from cardboard, popsicle sticks and straws and demonstrated how they used their understanding of gravity, force and momentum to position the tubes and ramps in such a way that a ball could travel through without help.

“They’re learning physics while doing,” said Discovery teacher Amanda Monahan who guided students through the six-week project.


Students worked in teams, building a maze of tubes and ramps. It took some trial and error to get the tubes and ramps positioned just right.

They then had to explain to a panel of judges, which included Principal Troy Mitchell, Assistant Principal Greg Zurales, Dean of Students Kelly Kardas, Dean of Students Jason Skube, social worker Jamie Callan, secretary Sharon Rachan and head custodian Bill Kocanda, how the skate parks work and why.


“The goal is for them to explain physics so that you understand it,” Monahan told the judges.


They listened as students explained how they used gravity to get the ball rolling, gentle curves to compensate for friction and elbow chutes to reduce momentum at key times to keep the ball from flying off the track.


“It’s safe but still exciting,” students assured the judges.




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