BuildBoost! The Physics of Weapons
Physics is sometimes called the philosophy of science. It's abstract and mathematical and hard for a lot of people. But the concepts behind physics (force, acceleration, friction, etc.) are the forces that make our everyday world work (or fall in on itself).
This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build ancient weapons like crossbows and catapults, as well as defensive materialsl like chain mail and paper armour. Designs will be created based on historical, scientific, and mathematical models. As they create, students will build their math skills and their understanding of how and why to use formulae as they apply concepts and ideas with their hands and basic materials.
The class is designed so that the math work will be great practice for math skills: basic equations, proportions and conversions, word problems, applied math, and geometry, while the "building" part is fun and real-world (can your chainmail withstand the force of the crossbow?).
Engineering and science are fun, but they take thought and planning and math. With this course, all aspects will be fun -- and challenging -- and we hope all students will leave with a greater understanding of applied math and science, and a greater appreciation of the structures and machines in their world.
Sign up using the links below. You can also sign up for aftercare (3pm-6pm). You can sign up for the week ($100) or for a few days (you can let us know which days on your form, or closer to the date of the camp).