STEM Module: Collisions - PS-2986

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Overview

Students are challenged to engineer a mock automobile bumper that will absorb the most force in an impact, while maintaining the smallest footprint (size and weight) possible. This version is the Teacher License (one license for all your classes) and includes a spiral-bound teacher manual.

How It Works

Designing a bumper that can absorb impact is simple, but designing a bumper that must also conform to specific design constraints such as size and mass is not. Through four activities, students will develop the conceptual foundation and mathematical approach to meet the design challenge. These activities include:

  • Area Under a Curve
  • Momentum
  • Momentum-Impulse
  • Peak Force

Through their “engineering research” gained from these activities, students will have acquired the tools and knowledge necessary to design and build a successful prototype bumper.