Creative Projects 2008


Josie Bates & Daniel Nguyen – The Horns of Shame

We made the Horns of Stupidity. If there is the Horn of Knowledge, there should be the Horns of Stupidity. We used turkey basters, funnels, whistles and plastic pipes to make five different horns with  five different tones. The last horn had a whistle type thing that made a farting noise to complete the effect. The purpose of these horns was to make a student feel stupid and scar them for life, which encourages students to avoid the Horns of Stupidity, thus encouraging knowledge.

Russell Bicknell

My 4th quarter physics project is a simulator which accurately handles elastic 2d collisions between circles following conservation of momentum and energy.  It allows you to add and edit circles which can have different mass, size, velocity, gravity. To make keeping track of things and monitoring them easier, you can change the color and tail length (a line which traces where the object has been). To add an object, select “add object” from the action menu, set the object’s properties, and click on the simulator where you want the object to be placed. To edit an object, select “edit object” from the action menu, select new values for the properties you want to change, and click on the object to apply the selected properties to it. You can also remove an object by selecting “remove object” and clicking on the object. If two objects are overlapping to the point where you can’t click on just one and you want to edit or remove one of them, the object that the action is applied to is the one with its center closest to where you click. The “toggle object info” action allows you to choose to display or hide a small amount of information about the object’s position, velocity, and other properties; this information is displayed to the right of to the object in the same color as the object. The options menu has different situations which exhibit the validity of this simulator’s output. For example, the “basic orbit” setup involves a large object with gravity and a small object with no gravity. Using the equation for centripetal force, I calculated the velocity necessary to keep the small object in orbit. Pressing start will show the small object orbiting around the larger one. The “offset collision [0]” setup, one object hits another stationary one at an offset and they bounce off at 90 degrees. I’m not going to explain the other ones because it would take too long, the version of the simulator on my site might have an explanation of them soon. For anyone who knows JavaScript, the “display advanced tools” option shows a JavaScript console and some notes that I was taking while writing the simulator.

Click Here to run simulator.

Anne Duncan – The Laba Lyre

  1. For my project I built a “Laba lyre” that can play “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. I used Hooke’s law to look at the spring constant of a rubber band. Then I used a 1,2,3,5 note version of the song to make it so I did not need specific notes but instead a scale. So stretched them exponentially and got the necessary scale.   Click Here to read paper.


Floy Gairdarski – The IPUD

For my creative project, I wanted to do something that poked fun at physics and the class so...IPUD. IPUD stands for the Incomplete Physics Urban Dictionary. This dictionary handbook was designed to help the class understand physics lingo (and hopefully get a few laughs) by using 4th period inside jokes to define physics vocabulary terms.

Click Here to View the IPUD


Luke Lones – Animation
My project was a powerpoint stop-animation movie based on a fictional, but highly possible situation that could arise in Mr. Laba’s Honors Physics Class.  I gathered my inspiration from Mr. Laba’s Lord of the Rings passion and our some of our class members’ quirks.  It starts off with Mr. Laba creating the Laba Machine—a device that he uses to send us to perform labs in various parts of Middle Earth.  It has two Middle Earth Scenes: one helping a troll fire a catapult at the siege of Minas Tirith and one helping Gandalf slow down his fall with the Balrog.  It was a really fun project although I wish I could have made it longer if I had had more time. 


Click Here to View Animation (slide show)


Alex Migicovsky

Click Here to read story.

Franci Rooney – Diorama


Mitchell Williams

Stephen Tonti – DVD – The Wonderful World of Physics

            For my last project of the year, I made a video called “The Wonderful World of Physics.” I was stuck between like 8 different project ideas and I was also running out of time. Then the All Knowing, All Powerful Physics Genius (a.k.a. Russell Bicknell) used his 5 day extension from the auction to give the class an extra five days for the project—this saved my project. Exactly one week before the projects were due, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and make a physics video (which takes a lot of time and effort that usually occurs around 3 AM the morning that the project is due). Half way through the week I had an epiphany. I was flipping through the ‘sophisticated channels’: History Channel, Science Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Comedy Central…when I came across the Discovery Kids channel. After watching a few minutes of one of their specials for the week, I was shocked to find the show very vague and boring—also very off topic. I was nostalgic of days when shows like “Bill Nye the Science Guy” ruled the PBS scene; shows that were informative, entertaining, with just the right amount of corny-preppy kids mixed in. So, to satirize modern day educational shows made for kids, I decided to make a video with the same zany/corny preppy kid (played by Logan Koepke) like in Bill Nye, but I also included the very vague and off-topic material I witnessed just a few days before—a hybrid of old-school and new-school you might say. The video is supposed to seem like a three or four part series and the video you’re watching is the first. Even though the world of physics is gigantic with all kinds of concepts and equations, this part of the video covers only Trigonometry—which is quickly covered in Algebra I. The entirety of the show has little to do with stereotypical Physics ideals (Free Fall, Velocity, Acceleration, Gravity, Force, Torques…you name it). I wrote some lines and a short synopsis before making the show, but most of the dialogue is just improved on the spot. The beginning footage of me reading a book (the title sequence) was taken by Steele Burrow and I simply put them together (it’s a sort of stop-motion photography). I had a lot of fun filming and I spent an entire Sunday (and Monday morning) editing the thing so I hope it looks nice. Hope you enjoy!


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