Year 7 STEM students have been learning about projectile motion and the application to motion of flight. Last week, the class were given a flash challenge, to build a vehicle that could travel the furthest, using nothing but air and water. The challenge required students to use their understanding of the forces involved in flight as well as applying Newton’s 2nd law of motion to launch a water rocket the furthest.

Groups applied their design thinking to the challenge and designed aerodynamic modifications for large soft drink bottles, before testing them in a controlled manner. The class had a blast with multiple successful launches and a few crash landings (some of their creations may still be stuck on the roof of the Archimedes building!).

Over the year, our STEM students have stepped up time and again to the challenges set by their teachers, and should be proud of their achievements in 2021.