Crash Course!

How do we protect the things and people we care about from collisions?

Science, STEM
Key Content
engineering design, physics, forces and motion, expository writing
A blue, spider web-like pane of cracked glass.

In this project, students identify situations in which individuals need protection from collisions or impact and then propose and build protective solutions. Some examples include more secure baby strollers or shopping carts; helmets for high-impact sports such as skateboarding, football, or biking; and a shoe design that lowers the impact of running. In the process of the project, students learn concepts of Newtonian physics and apply those concepts to the analysis of the type of collision and the design of their solutions.