# The Water Slide Project

## Scenario

This project is designed to allow students to experiment
with projectile motion without having to launch a projectile. This is very beneficial for areas with
low ceilings. The variable in this
experiment is the initial velocity rather than the initial firing angle. Fischertechniks sensors and the RoboLab
software will be used to measure the initial velocity of the projectile.

This project can be completed by students in grades 9-12,
but will probably be easer for students in at least grade 11. It will be completed as part of the
Dynamics/Kinematics component of a Pre-Engineering course. Students should have a basic
understanding of trigonometric and algebraic functions. Students also need to have previously
learned how to use the Fischertechniks and RoboLab software. This project can either replace or
supplement a Ballistics project, depending on the needs and time frame
of the course.

The *Acmeville Water Slides* project gives students an idea of how the engineering principles they
are learning can be applied to real life, in this case the design of a thrill
ride at an amusement park. Most
students have probably visited an amusement park. They will be able to relate the issues of safety and
adventure relating to thrill rides.

This project consists of a PVC pipe ramp that is supported
on a truss framework of Fischertechnik parts. A release mechanism, a measuring system, and an angle
adjusting mechanism are also constructed from Fischertechnik parts. A marble rolls down the ramp and into a
PVC pipe chute. Sensors will
record the velocity as it rolls through this chute. The velocity will change depending on the angle of the
ramp. The students will need to
calibrate the angle mechanism and the sensors to get accurate measurements.

At the end of the project, the students must be able to hit
a target located a specific horizontal and vertical distance away from the
chute. They will use principles of
physics and mathematical formulas to determine the necessary velocity to hit
the target. This project will
provide an interesting and engaging activity for the students to learn about
trajectory motion and ballistics

## Project Description

## Project Description

The links below contain example RoboPro files for this project

## Credits

This version of the Acmeville Water Slideproject was created by

- Russell Olsen
- Nathan McLemore