‘Tomato Launch’ teaches high school students basics of Engineering

North Augusta High School students put their physics, math and building skills to the test.
North Augusta High School students put their physics, math and building skills to the test.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – North Augusta High School students put their physics, math and building skills to the test.

As part of their Advance Placement Physics class, students had to build a machine that could launch a tomato between 60 and 70 feet.

The year-long project teaches students the basics of engineering.

All the machines were put together outside of the classroom, but brought to school and tested out.

“So it really lets them know, is that actually what they want to do with their life? Do they want to solve problems? Do they want to design things and, do they want to apply math and science to what they do?” Kathy Gambill, a Physics teacher, told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Nearly 50 students are enrolled in the Advance Placement class.

Teachers say they are already preparing them for the college-credit course exam at the end of the year.

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