Y Group studies physics through bridge design and E and M Groups celebrate National Theatre in Our Schools Month
June 22, 2012 @ 12:12 PM
City People, The Greenville News, April 11, 2012
>Y Group students have been studying the relationship between the forces of tension, torque, and compression as they relate to structural engineering. The students were challenged to build a bridge using a maximum of 200 popsicles sticks, hot glue, and 1 meter of string that would span a gap of 60 centimeters. Different bridge designs included a truss, a beam bridge, and an arch design. Success was measured by the amount of weight each bridge could support. Each bridge supported a minimum of 5 pounds, but both a truss and arch bridge supported 50 pounds before collapsing. The object of the lesson was to understand how structures can and should be built in order to be self-reinforcing. The entire school came out to watch the stress tests as concrete bricks were added to each bridge. Congratulations to R.H. R, Maddie S, Will S, Henri C, and Colin F for a job well done.
>E and M Group students kicked off their study of Romeo and Juliet with a PowerPoint and pantomime acting presentation to other Camperdown Academy students. The dramatization was part of a month-long celebration of National Theatre in Our Schools Month. Sidney S, Catherine H, Petra B, Jason S, Will C, Granger R, David H, and Austin G took questions from students following the presentation. The exposure to Shakespeare is preparing the students for high school English.