For this week, I thought we’d explore the use of derby cars to teach STEM. Not the pinewood kind that the boy scouts make, but a variation of that using a clothespin as the car body. In this challenge, students will each build their own derby car, but will work with a partner for support. Students are challenged to design the derby car that will complete the “track” the fastest.
Students can build their cars using any of the materials. Generally, students will place the front axle in the hole at the front of the clothespin and the second in the back somewhere, securing it with tape. However, there is no rule that the clothespin must be the body. Students can construct their derby car however they like. So, on your mark, get set, create!
So, what did we learn?
Next Generation Science Standards: Developing and Using Models, Planning and Carrying Out Investigation, Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information ; CCC- Scale, Proportion and Quantity Cause and Effect
CCSS Math: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, Expressions and Equations