Physics Students Cushion the Fall of a Bocce Ball

This week, 9th Grade physics students learned about the concepts of free fall, momentum, and impulse as they tested devices that they designed to cushion the fall of a bocce ball.

The students' goal was to make a device that would minimize the force with which the bocce ball hit the ground with as few materials as possible. To design their protective device, students could choose from a variety of materials including elastic bands, a paper cup, saran wrap, a balloon, macaroni, and construction paper. 

The bocce ball project replaces the "egg drop" that the 9th grade physics students did in past years. The egg drop project involved dropping eggs from various heights and protecting them with devices that the students designed. The new project allows the students to actually measure the force with which the bocce ball hits the ground and is made possible thanks to new force plates in the Math & Science Center.


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