Brent Azaert of Warrensburg shoots through a chronograph to test the speed of a pellet. during a recent 4-H shooting skills session that challenged the teenaged participants to figure out ballistics using applied science and mathematics.
Seven members of the Warren County 4-H Shooting Sports program recently tackled a new challenge as they brought science and math out of the classroom and onto the shooting range.
The 4-H session was held Sept. 10 at Dunham’s Bay Fish & Game Club.
After learning basic safety skills, the youth were challenged to determine which of several pellets of differing shapes would travel the fastest and shoot the most accurately and why.
They group developed a hypothesis to test ballistics using weight and speed measurements.
According to the post-program evaluations, the participants learned more about the science of ballistics, as well as scientific procedures. Teens filling out the evaluations noted they never had more fun applying math and science skills.
For more information on the program, contact John Bowe, 4-H Team Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schroon River Road, Warrensburg.