Students learn the fundamentals of aerodynamics (lift, drag) and the fundamental forces of propulsion (efficiency, power, and fuel consumption). They design, construct, and race a scaled model wooden dragster powered by a CO2 cartridge. The challenge is to construct the MastercamX2e fastest car in the class.
Students learn the basic parts and functions of a rocket. They design and construct a model rocket out of a plastic 600ml. soft drink bottle, powered by a CO2 cartridge. Students launch their rockets outside on the playing field and may go as high as 75 metres in the air.
MastercamX2 is a very powerful 2D/3D drafting/CNC and design program. Students learn to create text, lines, arcs, rectangles, polylines, ovals/circles, fillets, chamfers, polygons, walls and symbols. They can manipulate these objects through reshaping, clipping, rotating, mirroring and dimensioning. Approximately 25 per cent of the year is spent drafting/designing with MastercamX2.
Students learn mechanical drawing of single views, orthographic projections.
Students draw their shop projects and make printed templates before constructing them. They also use the CAD program for designing problem solving projects such as a balsa glider, C02 dragster and bottle rockets.