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St. John's University
Chapter Project Award
Saint John's University
The Engineer's Catapult
The St. John’s University Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma will be hosting our 10th annual induction ceremony in Spring 2019. We will be inviting local scientists, St. John’s University physics alumni, current students and faculty, and local high school students to discuss the places where we can collaborate as physicists to address the challenges facing humanity.
The ceremony will begin by dividing our guests into 5‐8 teams, comprised of a mix of faculty, alumni, and students. Our Proposed Team project involves the application of basic engineering. Specifically, Teams will be challenged to build the “Engineer’s Catapult” which launches a grape across the greatest distance, using the minimum amount of materials. After the teams become acquainted, they will first brainstorm to develop an approach. Construction is restricted to the materials provided. Part of the challenge is related to these materials: 11 Popsicle sticks, 1 tongue depressor, hot glue sticks and glue gun, 1 non-flexible drinking straw, 1 wooden dowel, 1 small rubber band and 6-8 grapes. They will then have 30 minutes to build their catapults. Construction will continue during the subsequent ceremony; in the background our catapults will be standing firm. Prior to the meal the catapults will be judged and prizes announced.
We intend to invite a cross section of local scientists and alumni speakers. These Speakers will describe the role of Physics in their careers, how they dealt with the transition from undergraduate to career or graduate studies, and their contributions toward the bettering of humanity. The induction ceremony allows us to showcase our vibrant Sigma Pi Sigma students, support and encourage our graduating seniors to continue to confidently take their next steps in further study or careers. Additionally, we seek to encourage, inspire, and welcome our high school students to Physics and STEM community. The SPS Chapter Award will be used to cover expenses related to: Engineer’s Catapult activity and prizes, souvenirs for alumni, and the ceremony dinner.Project leader(s):
Seychelle KhanChapter advisor: