Physics PBL deliverable building soda carts

Austin Ynigo and Lilia Castillo continue piecing their soda cart together in preparation for their distance launch.Photo Credit: Jordan Sutton
Austin Ynigo and Lilia Castillo continue piecing their soda cart together in preparation for their distance launch.<br />Photo Credit: Jordan Sutton
Austin Ynigo and Lilia Castillo continue piecing their soda cart together in preparation for their distance launch.
Photo Credit: Jordan Sutton

Juniors in Mr. Joshua Locklear’s physics classes started their PBLs on Nov. 15 and 16 which requires them to create a Coyote Cruiser powered by two, full soda cans.

“I think its very interesting. As an engineer, I appreciate the challenging projects like these,” junior Mehaki Asare said.

Students can design the cart their way, but it must have the soda cans to help propel the car forward. Each team is comprised of two to three students and they must provide their own materials.

“This project is a way to help student learn about physics, but in a fun way. Its a lot more competitive than other PBLs because each team wants to be the team that gets the ‘A’ for the quarter,” junior Daniel Darden said.

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Vehicles cannot exceed 50 inches long, 36 inches wide, or 96 inches high, and the width of each wheel cannot be more than 0.2 inches. The movement depends on the soda cans and how much pull it gives to the cruiser. All students will demonstrate how their car cruisers operate on Dec.3 and 4.

“I think it’ll be a challenge for a lot of people, it will definitely make us collaborate a lot with our group members, there will be a lot of trial and error, but I think our final projects will turn out great,” junior Ahnamia Maranon said.