Invent and Engineer

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Invent and Engineer is a one-semester course taught by Mr. Fincher. It is for students who like working with their hands, being creative, and learning how things work. This year, we will work on several of many possible projects: roller coasters, carbon dioxide powered dragsters, hot air balloons, water bottle rockets, mouse trap cars, simple structures, disassembly of VCRs and CD players (not their parents'!), robotics, etc.  The projects are selected based on the interest of the students in the class.

The goal of the class is not only for students to learn something about the projects they are working on, but also to learn some strategies for working in teams. As such, several of the projects will require the students to work in a group of two to five people.

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Students construct and test a marble roller coaster

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