Students explore physics and engineering in a historical context by building models of medieval siege engines.
Students construct and operate classroom-safe miniature catapults, ballistae, onagers, trebuchets, and other ancient artillery engines. They learn the application of geometry and physics in their designs. For a final project, students participate in launch-distance competitions.
Lessons include engineering topics such as simple machines, tension, torque, two-dimensional kinematics, and the design process, as well as historical information about the invention of siege engines.
|Session II||6/28/2021 - 7/9/2021||Vienna||Afternoon|
|Session IV||7/26/2021 - 8/6/2021||Tysons||Morning|
|Session V||8/9/2021 - 8/20/2021||McLean||Morning|