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


Here is the class outline:

1. Introduction to Science Olympiad

2. Topic 1 - Flying Machines

Students learn how to use the engineering design process to create and test blimps.

3. Topic 2 - Elastic Launch Glider

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

4. Topic 3 - Wright Stuff

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

5. Topic 4 - Helicopter

Students will build and test a rubber band powered helicopter.

6. Topic 5 - Bottle Rockets

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

7. Topic 6 - Hovercraft

Students will design and test a hovercraft powered by electricity.