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Recycled Racers
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In this lesson, students conduct research on automobiles and racing. They learn about automobile operating systems and how recycled materials are used in new vehicles. Students design and construct race cars from materials that are usually discarded. They test their vehicles, using an inclined ramp for propulsion. A final race car competition provides a fun opportunity to explore basic science and math concepts.

Grade Level:

5-8

Subject Matter:

Technology Education, Science, Math

Curricular Uses:

Technology Education:
Force and Motion, Recycling, Data Collection

Math:
Averaging



Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate information found during research.
  • Construct a model race car from reused materials.
  • Test and modify the vehicle to change the distance it travels.
  • Collect, record, and evaluate data.
  • Explain the terms: inclined plane, variable, gravity, friction, potential energy, and kinetic energy.



Use of Internet:

Students use the Internet to conduct research about racing. They investigate how a major automobile manufacturer uses recycled materials in its new vehicles. They also explore Web sites related to automobile racing.

This lesson was developed by Henry Harms, wNetSchool Master Teacher, and was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.



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