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December 4, 2017 (Saturday) 8am – 2pm – 5:30 pm (includes travel time for afternoon session)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife at 4255 Sinton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Firearms Science and Archery
Do machines fascinate you? Have you ever wanted to know more about the science of projectiles? This workshop will introduce fundamental physics concepts via archery and the study of firearms. To begin, Tracy Predmore, the Southeast Region Education Coordinator for Colorado Parks & Wildlife, will present on the Colorado Archery in the Schools program which promotes international-style target archery as part of in-school curriculum to improve educational performance and participation in the shooting sports among students in grades 4-12. Not only will teachers will have a chance to learn about the CASP curriculum, but they will also learn some basic archery skills and have a chance to shoot a bow. Then participants will expand their exploration of projectiles with a study of firearms science. The intersection of technology and science is evident in the design and use of firearms in our modern world. Understanding basic physics principles will help you understand the components and actions of various firearms and appreciate the connection between form and function. The workshop will utilize models of inquiry and provide a chance to learn some simple physics principles in relation to projectiles in general and firearms specifically. Participants will receive 5.5 contact hours for the session at Colorado Parks and Wildlife and may choose to travel to local shooting range for 2 more contact hours where you will get to see demonstrations of firearms science in action.
Tracy Predmore, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Southeast Region Education Coordinator
John MacFarlane, Physics Teacher, Rampart High School and Firearms Instructor