A blue, spider web-like pane of cracked glass.

Crash Course!

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

Project Description

In this project, students identify situations in which individuals need protection from collisions or impact and then propose and build protective solutions. Some examples might include more secure baby strollers or shopping carts, helmets for high-impact sports such as skateboarding, football, or biking, or 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 solution. Students confer with subject matter experts (such as industrial designers/fabricators or engineers) at key points throughout the project to inform and gather feedback on their product design.