This design challenge helps students explore NGSS concepts related to developing a model for iterative testing and calculating simple forces that create change in an object’s motion. Students will use the engineering design model to plan and execute their design. As there are many, many possible solutions, monitor and coach students on their process, measurements and calculations. While the student pages include samples for data collection, encourage students to create their own tools for recording and using data.
Students design and build a vehicle using upcycled materials that rolls forward and stops at a specific point 6 meters away. Students will collect data and refine their designs based on measurements and observations obtained by conducting functional tests until the vehicle rolls the specified distance carrying a load.
Grade Levels: NGSS MS (Grades 6-8)
- Engage in the design process
- Build a vehicle made out of various materials
- Conduct functional tests on the vehicle
- Refine the design until the vehicle rolls a specific distance while carrying a load