A rail accelerator is a device that uses electromagnetic force and metal rails to propel objects at high speeds. For this project our goal is to build a small functional rail accelerator based on publicly available instructions, and then to take data on experiments run with our final product.
Once the rail accelerator is finished we will take data on the electromagnetic forces generated around the rails to propel our projectiles. As well as the velocities of the projectiles themselves as they leave the rails, possibly varying the type of projectile.
Your device would be a great demo. Consider the time frame during which the device must be completed and tested. Is the force driving a rail gun really electromagnetic or just magnetic?