- By designing, building, testing, and redesigning crash test cars, students will be able to comprehend and apply fundamental concepts in physics and engineering including crashworthiness, resilience, mass, and momentum.
- Allowing students to direct their own learning by implementing the process of experiential education will promote the development of investigative problem solving, outside-of-the-box solutions, and independent decision making skills.
- Upon completion of the lesson, students will have acquired an individualized evaluation of applied engineering.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Skewers with 1/8" diameter
- Milkshake straws
- Craft Sticks
- Wood cubes*
- Cubes with drilled holes (optional)
- Rubber bands
- Small sample cups
- Hot glue
- Cardboard to protect work surface
- Plastic eggs
- Hard boiled eggs
- Downhill ramp
The presence of obviously soft or resilient materials will often hinder creative ideas.
Plastic Easter eggs will help students gauge how they will need to accommodate a real egg without risk of accident.
Folding tables make excellent ramps.
Fast, easy, and edible hard boiled eggs:
Place as many eggs as will fit in a pot of cold water. Make sure the eggs are covered with at least one inch of water. As soon as the water begins to boil, turn off the heat and cover. Wait 8 minutes. Place eggs directly from the pot back into the carton (most of the moisture will evaporate).