In science this week we mixed several different subjects and expectations into 1 experiment. Students worked in teams of two to create a car out of LEGOs. Each group was gives a bag of mixed LEGOs which included a windshield, four wheels with axles, and various other pieces. They were given no guidelines for what pieces to use or the size of the vehicles. After building was finished, they tested the cars on a ramp that was marked in 5cm increments from 5 to 30. One partner was in charge of releasing the car and reading the meter stick for the distance while the other partner used a chromebook to record all of the results. They had to try the car 3 times at each interval. Then they could switch jobs, so both had a chance to do the recording and releasing. Some students discovered that their designs were flawed when their cars turned, ran off the ramps, or in some cases broke when reaching the end of the ramp.
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