Engineering Car Crash Safety with Newton's Third Law
- Use the engineering design process to iteratively design, build, and test a product
- Apply knowledge of Newton's third law to explain what happens in a car crash
OverviewCombine Newton's third law of motion with engineering design in one fun lesson! Your students will learn about equal and opposite reaction forces as they design and build a bumper to protect a toy car during a crash.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
This is an engineering design project, so there is not a specific list of required materials. You can make different materials available to your students, or allow them to bring materials from home. In general, recycled items, craft supplies, and office supplies work well. At a minimum, make sure your students have materials available to make and connect the main parts of the car.
You will also need materials to build a ramp to roll the cars down:
Area of Science
Newton's third law of motion, engineering design
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