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From cars to cosmic collisions, there’s a lot we can learn from two objects moving against each other. We’ll learn forces, motion, acceleration, and collisions through the use of Pocket Labs, tablets, and test vehicles.  Students learn how to make a simple accelerometer, then progress to measuring acceleration using precision accelerometers that graphically display data on a tablet.   Using this graphical display of acceleration, students will refine engineering solutions to minimize the effects of a car collision.  From there, we’ll go to space, and learn about cosmic collisions and how Earth has been bombarded in the past by impactors from space (RIP, dinosaurs).  Students will construct a model of an impactor on an Earth collision course and divert the impactor using magnetism to simulate the attractive force of an intervening object that diverts the impactor’s trajectory. Bruce Willis would be proud.

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experience: Learning Labs
grade: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
NGSS: Physical Science, PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, PS3: Energy, MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2, MS-PS3-5