02/06/2017

Tibidabo Amusement Park becomes the most entertaining physics lab in the world

Fisidabo is a motivational and pioneering activity with experiments proposed, designed, built and conducted by the students themselves 

Tibidabo Amusement Park is celebrating the seventh edition of Fisidabo, an activity for physics experiments done this year by a group of international higher secondary scholarship students from the programme ‘CELLEX Sciences and Maths’ and the Sa Palomera School in Blanes. Students will use the Park’s rides to conduct different physics experiments that they themselves have designed and built in the last months of the school year, under the guidance of the professors from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Luis Carlos Pardo and Artur Paz. Among other experiments, the students will verify the effects of a crash on the human body using a dummy—the dolls used in car safety tests—and will use Diavolo to detect the presence of exoplanets.  

‘Safe Crashes’ (11.00 am-noon) for crash cars

The purpose of the ‘Safe Crashes' experiment is to investigate the effects of a car crash on the human body. To do so, students will use a dummy and will fasten it into one of the crash test cars. Using a high speed camera, they will record side, front and rear crashes. Then they will employ the film to determine and calculate the movement of the different parts of the body. 

‘Exoplanets' (12 noon-1 pm) in the Diavolo chairs

The purpose of the ‘Exoplanets' experiment is to determine the radius and period of a flying chair on the ride Diavolo, on which they have installed a speaker that emits a sound at a specific frequency. When the chair passes behind the main column of the ride, the volume of the sound should decrease due to this obstacle. This method, called eclipse, is one of the methods to detect planets outside our solar system.

The experiments will start at 11.00 am and will conclude at 4.00 pm

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