The Race Car Workshop is a 35 minute fun and exciting way to get children interested in mathematics and elementary physics by involving LEGO bricks. The children build LEGO race cars, race them on our test track, and calculate their speeds and distance. The children will use the data they collect and improve the performance of their cars. The workshop is recommended for children between ages of 6-9 (2nd-4th grade)
- To use mathematics and theory to explore and understand elementary physics
- To relate conclusions to mathematics and physics
- To record and analyze data to understand results and improve on the design of the race car
What is the workshop?
The Race Car Workshop is three part challenge:
- The Introduction where the children learn the structure of a race car and test their cars on our test track while recording times and distance on a white board.
- Measurement Worksheets where the children calculate the race cars average speed and measurements.
- The final part is where the children take their new information form their calculations and improve their race cars for a second race on our test track in an attempt to beat their original times.
Georgia Performance Standards:
- M2N2. Students will build fluency with multi-digit addition and subtraction.
- M2N5. Students will represent and interpret quantities and relationships using mathematical expressions including equality and inequality signs (=, >, <)
- M3P5. Students will represent mathematics in multiple ways
- M4M1. Students will understand the concept of weight and how to measure weight
- M4D1. students will gather, organize, and display data according to the situation and compare related features
- S2CS2. Students will have the computation and estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and following scientific explanations
- S2CS3. Students will use tools and instruments for observing, measuring, and manipulating objects in scientific methods.
- Identify the parts of things, such as toys or tolls, and identify what things can do when put together that they could not do otherwise
- Use a model-such as a toy or a picture –to describe a feature of the primary thing
- Describe changes in size, weight, color, or movement of things, and note which of their qualities remain the same during a specific change
- Compare different sizes , weights, ages (baby/adult), and speeds (fast/slow) of both human and natural things
- S4P3. Students will demonstrate the relationship between the application of a force and the resulting change in position and motion of an object
Download printable worksheets.