Track Car Physics

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for ages 7-9


2024 Summer Program

This week is all about experimentation. Start by building a car that can carry varying amounts of weight. How does adding or removing weight change the speed and distance the car travels? Make predictions and record your hypotheses. Can you design a car with the greatest potential energy? Let’s explore how gravity makes your car move using ramps and bridges. Try your car on different surfaces and experiment with friction. See how air resistance impacts how far your car travels. Design a floor race track and play with friends. Ask questions, make observations, test, record, and test again!

Let the race begin!

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