Students will learn about velocity, acceleration, and aerodynamics by building carbon dioxide powered miniature drag racers capable of traveling 70 mph.
Students will also learn about the phases of matter and phase changes by competing to build the best solar water still, a common method of purification in developing nations.
Students will then go back in time, each constructing a camera obscura, one of the earliest forms of camera in an effort to investigate optics and the physics of light.
To discover the fundamentals of energy, the course will include another design competition involving the development of wind turbines.
The final project of the year is a longstanding Barrie tradition - the cardboard boat races.
In this project, students learn about buoyancy, hydrodynamics, materials, and structural engineering by creating seaworthy cardboard boats that they race against each other while the Barrie community cheers them on.