Folsom High School physics students showcase projects at annual engineering challenge

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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Folsom High School physics students presented team projects at the sixth annual Physics Engineering Challenge on Friday to showcase their application of physics and mathematics.

“This year we have expanded to include 15 teams from the Project Lead the Way Principles of Engineering class thus, we have 65 teams, with 36 different projects,” said Folsom High School physics teacher Eric Wright.

Engineering projects included hovercrafts, solar car, catapults, rockets, aerodynamics, sterling engines, parabolic solar steam electric power plants, telsa coils, Truss analysis, index of refraction, determination of gravitational constant, electromagnetic propulsion devices, pneumatic paper rockets, voice synthesizers, wind turbines, cloud chambers, marble sorters, voice synthesizers and hydrogen fuel cells.

Students Chris Kwon and Patrick Chen, presented their air pressure paper rocket launcher at the challenge.

“I have had so much fun today,” said Kwon. “From this challenge, I learned that you can make almost anything from simple objects. Engineering is the best. I want to go into electrical engineering in my future career.”

The 36 projects were judged by community volunteers including Folsom High School teachers, SMUD, Intel, Aero-jet, CAL-ISO and Army Corp of Engineers. Projects were judged on craftsmanship of project, presentation of project poster, quality of oral presentation, quality of results, discussion and conclusion on poster presentation.

This school year, Wright’s students have participated in a number of projects that tested their applications of physics and mathematics, including building boats that will be tested during a regatta event on May 24 at Negro Bar state beach.

“These are some very bright, hardworking students and their craftsmanship and creativity is very impressive,” Wright said.