Introduction

This class explores the Physical Science, Inquiry, and Engineering portions of the Science Olympiad and will prepare students for events such as Experimental Design, Wright Stuff, and Hovercraft. Students will learn about the physics principles related to engineering design and practice designing experiments and recording engineering notebooks. They will design planes, gliders, helicopters, rockets, hovercrafts, and wind turbines. The Science Olympiad events promote hands-on experimentation through inquiry and will provide a foundation of basic principles of the scientific process, laboratory techniques, and scientific writing. This experience will foster an understanding of the methods of scientific investigation and further develop scientific minds.

Lessons

Here is the class outline:

1. Write it Do it

Students prepare for the Write it Do it event and learn how to write clear procedures.

2. Mystery Architecture

Students create an architectural design based on materials provided.

3. Experimental Design-Wind Power

Students learn how to design an experiment to investigate blade design for the optimal wind turbine. This also prepares them for the Wind Power event.

4. Helicopter

Students will build and test a rubber band powered helicopter.

5. Elastic Launch Glider

Students will design and test an airplane launched using a rubber band.

6. Wright Stuff

Students will build and test an airplane powered by a rubber band propeller.

7. Bottle Rockets

Students will design and test various rockets that fly powered by air pressure.

8. Hovercraft

Students will design and test a hovercraft powered by electricity.

9. Mission Possible

Students design their own Rube Goldberg machine.

10. Mini Science Olympiad

On the last day, students will rotate through real Science Olympiad events including Experimental Design, Write it Do it, Mystery Architecture and others.