BuildBoost! Hands-on Physics, Engineering, and Math
This course will teach students to use math, physics, geometry, and engineering concepts to build structures and machines, from crossbows to periscopes. Designs will be created based on 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. How do we use light to our advantage? Who will build the best crossbow? And, who can use a formula to best predict the parabolic path if his or her crossbow's arrow?
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.