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Project Goal: Students build and modify a simple trigger-release cork launcher that fires at least 10 feet
Design Variables: Number of rubber bands, length of the launcher, number of combined launchers
- Trajectory is the path that an object follows through the air or other fluid
- Trigger is a device that sets off a mechanism
Prep: Carefully cut corks into quarters (2 per student)
Safety: Always aim cork launchers away from people, even when unloaded.