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Second semester in Mr. Obermeyer’s Aerospace Engineering class is full of several innovative projects. The engineering students are kicking off this year by building robots and getting them to climb a hill and roll down the hallway at their fastest speed. One to two class periods are required to build the robots and about three classes are required for practice runs on the hill and in the hall. “Yeah there’s a lot of physics involved” says junior Abby Herman. “You have to account for things like torque, speed, friction and lots of factors while designing the robots”.  The goal is to get the robots up the steepest incline possible and down the hall at the fastest speed possible. “The steepest incline you could possibly get is at a forty degree angle, so most people try for that” says senior Jacob Johnson. “The biggest challenge is probably trying to figure out the gear train. So, you’re trying to get the most speed when you’re doing the drag race and the most torque when you’re going up the hill”. The students change their robot’s gears in between the hill and the drag race, in addition to changing some of the parts. “You want bigger wheels going up the hill, but sleeker wheels going in the drag race”.  This project helps the engineering students learn in a hands-on way about many components of physics and engineering.

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