Force/Mass Car Stopping STEM Project(view)

Units included with this Open Author resource:

Author - Christopher Montagna
Learning goals:
Describe and identify forces that affect motion on Earth. Explain and apply examples of Newton’s Laws of Motion. Apply balanced and unbalanced forces. Work through the design cycle to construct and implement a solution that meets design criteria and constraints. Design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
Keywords:
Inquiry Based Discussion, Engineer Design Thinking, Working Collaboratively, innovative & iterative problem solving
Alignment:
PA.SCI.3.4.7.C1, PA.SCI.3.4.8.C1, PA.SCI.3.4.10.C1, PA.SCI.3.4.8.C2, PA.SCI.3.4.6.C3
1. The Collision Project
Learning goals:
I can describe and identify forces that affect motion on Earth., I can explain and apply examples of Newton’s Laws of Motion., I can apply balanced and unbalanced forces., I can work through the design cycle to construct and implement a solution that meets design criteria and constraints., I can design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
Keywords:
stem, makerspace, force, mass, science
2. Car Stopping Devices

Summary

This project is a makerspace focused STEM project. Students build a device that will stop a car that is attempting to break through a toll booth, border crossing, or other gate. Students build a model of their device and use an RC car to test it out.