After looking through the manual and booklet given to us the day before, I had a better understanding of the project before it even started. Our group members were raring to go and were in great anticipation for the day’s events. As we headed to the School of Physical and Mathematical Science, we started planning on what we were going to do when we got there. After we reached the location and had a quick and concise briefing by the teacher in charge, we began our experiment.
Project 3 - Fastest Ball Challenge
The first challenge was to reduce the time taken the ball to travel from the first photo-gate to the second. To accomplish this task, our team had to quickly discuss the angle, and vary the positions of where we release the ball bearing, so as to get the shortest amount of time.
The second challenge was to get as many variations of a one second timing as possible. This task was slightly more difficult and more time consuming as for the different angles we had to find the precise position to release the ball to get as close to the targeted timing as possible.
As a whole, I think today’s project has really helped that I have learnt to coordinate and work together with my teammates and to have an open mind to the different suggestions they have to offer. Also, I realised that just using a basic and concise knowledge of Physics, I can more or less understand how the different angles and positions affect the speed of the ball.
I think these skills will help me when I advance in my studies as there will be greater and more difficult projects that I would have to work on. This way, I can use my teamwork skills to reduce conflict and difficulty within the group and have a better outcome. Also, I learnt to better apply my knowledge to new things I will have to do in the future.