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Car Launch

Details

Space: 
inside
outside
Time: 
2-3 hours
Subject: 
English
Math
Science
Grades: 
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Key Terms: 
Protractor
spring scale
newtowns
launch
consistently
chassis
frame
Axle
Materials: 
spring scale
wood board
bungee cord
Spring scale
Cardboard
plastic wheels
two eye hooks

Lesson Overview

Teacher Overview:

Your group is going to learn about the frame/chassis of a car and then build one that can be consistently launched into a tub of water using a ramp, protractor and spring scale.  Each group will be given four plastic wheels and two axles to attach to their chassis.

Student Summary: 

Your team is going to build a frame for a car that will launch the car into water using a spring scale and protractor.  You will study frames/chassis and then begin to engineer one. The next step is to build the frame onto the chassis. You will attach a GoPro to the car if you have one.  Next measure the angle of the ramp with a protractor. You will attach a spring scale to a bungee cord. When you figure out the right angle with the protractor and the right amount of newtons, you will be able to consistently launch the car into the  pool.

Lesson Phases

Plan

Explain why you built your frame the way you did. What was the hardest part of building the frame?
Description: 
Your team is going to build a frame for a car that will launch the car into water using a spring scale and protractor. You will study frames/chassis and then began to engineer one.

Build

Did you have any trouble building your frame and if so, what was it?
How many inches long is your car?
Description: 
The next step is to build the frame onto the chassis. You will attach a GoPro to the car if you have one.

Test

Explain what a protractor does?
Description: 
Next measure the angle of the ramp with a protractor. You will attach a spring scale to a bungee cord.

Launch

How many newtons did it take to launch the car into the pool of water?
What was the angle of the ramp in degrees?
Description: 
When you figure out the right angle with the protractor and the right amount of newtons, you will be able to consistently launch the car into the pool.

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