OLCHS students walk on water
November 8, 2012 3:12PM
Oak Lawn Community High School senior Jake Gil participates in the physics “Walk on Water” lesson. | Supplied Photo
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:03AM
Science students at Oak Lawn Community High School recently participated in a project that tested the boundaries of buoyancy: walking on water.
Chris Repa’s advanced physics classes and advanced placement physics class engaged in a friendly competition to see who could create the best shoes that walk on water.
The competition included two races. The sprint race had the group race across the long way of the pool for time, and the relay race had the group race across the short end of the pool four times for time. Each group was ranked in each class, and points were awarded for place.
As the classes head into their next unit on fluid mechanics, the theories and principles the students learned while designing their projects will come back into play, such as buoyancy, surface area to weight ratio and fluid density, Repa said.
“Plus, it was very rewarding to see students applying their knowledge in such a creative way,” Repa said.