Physics of Ballistics

In this workshop, you will examine the physics and engineering concepts involved with the flight of projectiles, including propulsion mechanisms, aerodynamics, and gravity. You will study how to convert potential energy into kinetic energy by designing and building a variety of launching systems such as slings, bows, catapults, and rockets.

You will learn:

  • A historical overview of ballistics and future applications
  • Newton’s laws of dynamics and projectile motion
  • Mechanical design and construction of launch systems
  • How to measure performance characteristics to calculate trajectories

Note: This is a non-digital workshop; students need no knowledge of computers to participate.


This course is open to students entering Grades 8 through 12.

Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2017

Workshop hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students should arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to the start of class. There are free optional after-workshop activities most days from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.*

*Due to the July 4th holiday, Session 1 hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  After-workshop activities will be from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Session 1*
June 26–July 7
Session 2
July 10–21
Session 3
July 24–Aug 4
Session 4
Aug 7–18
Physics of Ballistics n/a n/a

Workshops marked "n/a" are not being offered during that session.

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