Grade Range
6th8th
Group Size
24 students
Active Time
75 minutes
Total Time
75 minutes
Area of Science
Physics
Key Concepts
Force, mass, acceleration
Learning Objectives
 Understand the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration as described by Newton's second law of motion.
OverviewDon't just teach your students about Newton's laws of motion using diagrams in a textbook — try something handson! In this project, students will build their own cars using craft materials and explore the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration. Students can graph data and make observations in realtime using Google's Science Journal app or use a lowtech approach with a meter stick and stopwatch.NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
CreditsBen Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
MaterialsAssorted craft materials for students to build cars:
Materials to measure the cars' motion. Which materials you need depends on how you want to do the lesson. See the Explore section for an explanation of the different options.
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Grade Range
6th8th
Group Size
24 students
Active Time
75 minutes
Total Time
75 minutes
Area of Science
Physics
Key Concepts
Force, mass, acceleration
