Hovercraft Physics Course - EXPLO

Hovercraft Heroics

Hovercraft Physics

Welcome to the world of hovercrafts, where air becomes fuel and where a small push forward can send you soaring.

Testing the limits of science… defying the laws of gravity… it’s all in a day’s work for the average hovercraft scientist. Welcome to the world of hovercrafts: where air becomes fuel, and where a small push forward can send you soaring. We’ll study how objects in motion ricochet and move (by applying Newton’s Laws of Motion and Bernoulli’s Principle to pressure and lift) — then you’ll design and build an armada of hovercrafts that can fly, float, and zoom over anything in their path. You’ll construct tabletop-skimming models — to truly understand the mechanics of flight — before graduating to gigantic hovercrafts so big you can ride on them. We’ll have you so pumped, you’ll be floating on air!

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Course Highlights

  • Test the laws of physics on pressure + lift

  • Study the impact of friction on an object’s motion

  • Design + construct handheld hovercrafts that you can race against your classmates

  • Construct + ride a large hovercraft as you engage in relays, obstacle courses and games

EXPLO has so many great options that you can choose from. There’s so many different activities and courses that can broaden your insight on different topics. I thought that it was very hard to choose courses and activities because I liked them all! There are really just a variety that you can do. There are certainly quite a bit of science classes that can prepare me for my future as a possible astrophysicist. There are different topics at EXPLO that represent different branches of science, and as I learn more about these topics, I get to broaden my knowledge and insight. In Hovercraft Physics, I enjoyed learning about Bernoulli’s Principle, and I enjoyed applying different mathematical theorems and laws of motion and applying those to hovercrafts and seeing different branches of science that they could apply to.