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Streamlined science

Streamlined science
The experiment in action.
Wednesday 11th February 2009 by C. Freeman
Year 8 students used a length of guttering and wooden blocks in a recent science experiment on streamlining. Different shaped 'boats' were pulled along the water-filled guttering by a falling weight. They then measured how quickly each boat covered the same distance.

Each member of 8B had a different task; some selected the boats, others made sure it was a fair experiment by noting when they crossed the start and finish line and the rest used stop-clocks to gauge the boats' progress and work out the average time each one took to finish the course.

Teacher Mr Tiktin oversaw the experiment, which was assembled by two Sixth Form Mentors, Lois Crossan and Matthew Keane. Mr Tiktin said: 'We looked at water flow around different objects, especially those which are more pointed and streamlined and we are going on to look at dolphins and submarines; then consider other issues such as how do you streamline things and how do F1 racing cars get their shape?'

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