Paper Car Contest
Description The building of cars from only three
sheets of copy paper, glue and axles is a challenge
that incorporates the spirit of competition as well as
the knowledge of construction techniques that
contribute to car speed. The car race makes use of
physical laws, time, speed and distance. This project involves the construction of
paper cars, the racing of the cars in the home classroom to gather data, and sharing
data with other sites. Students will create a car according to specifications, conduct
races, record race data, and prepare data tables and spreadsheets that communicate
the results of the races.
Grade Level: All levels
Author: Linda Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Mathematics as Communication
7. Computation and Estimation
National Science Education Standards
TEACHING STANDARD B:
Focus and support inquiries while interacting with students.
Orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.
Challenge students to accept and share responsibility for their own learning.
TEACHING STANDARD D:
Structure the time available so that students are able to engage in extended
Create a setting for student work that is flexible and supportive of science inquiry.
TEACHING STANDARD E:
Enable students to have a significant voice in decisions about the content and context
of their work and require students to take responsibility for the learning of all members
of the community.
Nurture collaboration among students.
Structure and facilitate ongoing formal and informal discussion based on a shared
understanding of rules of scientific discourse.
CONTENT STANDARD B:
Motion and forces.
CONTENT STANDARD E:
Abilities of technological design.
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