Tuesday, 3 November 2009

IOP Workshop in Sacred Heart Grammar School Newry

This workshop was presented by Sue McGrath – the Northern Ireland Co-ordinator for the Institute of Physics and was hosted by the science department of the Sacred Heart Grammar School on October 21st 09.

Sue describes the workshop as an opportunity to: “Build your very own compressed air rocket launcher (projectable launcher). Ideal for science investigators and a ‘wow’ with children of all ages, including adult age children” The launcher was made from plumbing parts and the rockets, made from paper and tape, are easy and cheap to make in class.

Amongst other things you can change the weighting, position of fins, number of fins, shape and size on nosecone on the projectile and the pressure and angle of firing can be changed on the launcher. Participants get to take the complete launcher back to school. Great for lessons, science clubs and open days. suemcgrath@btinternet.com

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