Which Force Is With You? A Motion and Design Lesson
In this physical science engineering activity, students will have fun designing, drawing, and building K’nex vehicles to meet specific challenges. They will discover the different forces at play as they run trial tests on ramps and make engineering design revisions. In addition to data collection, decision-making, and creative engineering design, students use interpersonal skills needed in STEM2D careers such as presenting ideas, negotiating, organizing, and working as a collaborative team. This activity is adapted from the SSEC Curriculum, Motion and Design.
This activity typically takes 1 hour to complete and should be done in one session.
Which Force Is With You? A Motion and Design Lesson is part of the STEM2D Student Activity Series. The content and layout were both developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center as part of Johnson & Johnson's WiSTEM2D initiative (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design), using a template provided by FHI 360 and JA Worldwide. This series includes a suite of interactive and fun, hands-on activities for girls (and boys), ages 5-18, globally.