Wednesday, May 23, 2007

All About Birds

All About Birds is an online bird guide from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology that may help you in developing your presentation.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Seismic Waves and Earth’s Interior

Seismic Waves and Earth’s Interior
This site is written at the university level, but it has great diagrams of seismic waves (from earthquakes).

Monday, March 26, 2007

Pictures from FIRST Boston Regional

Check out the gallery for pictures of Team 1909 - G-Tech from the FIRST Boston Regional Robotics Competition. As always, Parkway Academy of Techonology and Health showed team spirit!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

FIRST Boston Regional Video Archive

Team 1909: G-Tech had a rough outing yesterday. Driver Fatmir Shkurti, backed by coach Andy Oakland played good defense, but the ramp was plagued with problems. You can see video at the archive, hosted by Team SOAP 108. We are in matches 15, 21, 28 and 48.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

FIRST Videos on YouTube

There are a lot of FIRST videos on YouTube (but you can't see them from school!)

Team 1909

Come support our team at the Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition!
Join us at the Agganis Arena March 22-24, or watch the webcast.

See pictures from last year's event, where we took home the Judges' Award!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

PhET - Simulations

You can practice building and testing circuits with a great simulation at PhET - Simulations. The applet lets you build circuits and test them with an ammeter and a voltmeter. Give it a try!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

Bose/Berklee Field Trip

We went on a field trip to Berklee College of Music to learn about the physics of music. Pictures here. Videos, too!

Crash test with air bags

In this video, you can see that the airbag has good energy management. The airbag does work on the dummy, but it does it over a much greater distance than a steering wheel! That's why it exerts less force on the passenger.

Smart Car crashes into wall

The Smart Car is small, but it has good energy management!

Education Week: Science Labs: Beyond Isolationism

Mr. Bartholomew and Mr. Anthes-Washburn are covered in a recent article, with great photos of some of our star student scientists!
Education Week: Science Labs: Beyond Isolationism

Friday, January 05, 2007

Crash Test Dummies


KEYWORDS: General Motors Safety Technology Automobiles


To improve their smarts about auto safety improvements, engineers are turning towards dummies. Over the years, crash test dummies have become hi-tech safety test equipment that is helping safety engineers make vehicles safer.

Early crash test dummies were nothing more than sandbags in the shape of a human. The newest generation of crash test dummy costs about $200,000 and resembles a real person as closely as possible. The dummies are upholstered with soft vinyl to simulate skin and their steel framework behaves like a human in a crash.

State of the art electronics provide computer information that help engineers examine the dummy’s injuries and how to prevent them. Engineers then use the information to improve safety equipment for future cars. These safety devices are just one of the tools the automotive industry uses to keep vehicles as safe as possible.

- John Melvin, biomechanics engineer
- Tom Gideon, GM Racing
- Mike Morris, On scene

- Older crash test dummies
- Sled test with crash test dummy
- Crash test dummies being worked on
- Taking off skin to show ribs
- Crash test dummy test
- Screen shots of data
- Pendulum hitting crash test dummy in chest
- Slow motion of same test