Physics Vehicle Day at a Redwood City charter high drew a visit from California Superintendent Jack O’Connell. He was impressed by junior Nik Roman’s leaf-blower-powered balsa hovercraft. From the San Jose Mercury News:
Powered by mousetraps and rolling on wheels of compact discs, homemade vehicles careened across the blacktop at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City on Thursday, demonstrating the basic laws of physics and an educational success story.
Vehicles designed by the 92 members of the junior class accelerated, braked, cornered and jumped, showing their designers’ mastery of California’s curriculum for physics.
All of Summit’s first graduating class is off to college; two thirds will be the first in their families to go to college.
The school has 361 students and a wait list of 200.
Go to the story and click on the video to see mouse-trap-powered cars, a boat and the hovercraft.