Last Updated Dec 1, 2020
This unit will introduce students to the issue of concussions. Students will try to resolve this problem by ultimately designing a new helmet. Activities throughout will explain the physics of collisions and how materials can reduce concussion events.
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Students will know
- Newton’s three laws of motion
- The relationship between force, time, mass, and change in velocity
Students will understand
- How the application of force to the head can cause trauma
- How helmet materials reduce the chances of concussions.
Students will be able to
- Complete the engineering design process to protect an egg from a fall
- Analyze data (including force, velocity, acceleration, and time) to determine the most protective material for a collision.
- Analyze data by creating tables and graphs.
Next Generation Science Standards Connections
MS-PS2-1: Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Connections
8.6C: investigate and describe applications of Newton’s three laws of motion such as in vehicle restraints, sports activities, amusement park rides, Earth’s tectonic activities, and rocket launches