Homer CCSD 33C
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Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
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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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