Up, Up and Away

rail-gun-concept In this series of investigations, students will develop an understanding of how magnets can be used to move large payloads such as an airplane. The unit will begin with a career connection activity. Next, students will investigate the properties of magnetism through station activities. Data collection and analysis software will be used to investigate the increase in force with the increase of magnets. Linear functions will be used to document and interpret data. Engineering design teams will develop a system using forces to move a payload a specified distance. It will be essential for teams to collect accurate data in order to make informed decisions to modify designs. Finally, teams will present their findings to a panel of stakeholders with interest in future launch systems.

Students will work in engineering design teams and engineer a system to move a payload a distance of 2.5 meters.  Students must include magnetic force in their designs. Students will make informed decisions and redesign their system using the data collected during the design process.

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