The 6th graders in Mr. Dehetre’s STEAM class have to work their way through an interesting challenge. They need to build a wooden race car that is solely powered by gravity. Students race their finished cars down the ramp outside of the STEAM lab with the hopes of making it to the bottom of the ramp in less than 5 seconds.
Along with learning about gravity, students will also study tribology (friction), and the use of lubrication to reduce the amount of friction acting upon their speedy cars. Does this work include math? You bet! After the races, students use the data they collect to determine speed in feet per second and miles per hour. Their car speeds are then compared to their own walking and running speeds. Combining fun with learning works every time!