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Meet Griff Jones,your guide to the science of car crashesand vehicle safety.
Join Dr. Griff Jones as he relates classroom physics and biology to the real world of cars and car crashes.
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Explore crash science and engineering with these 11 stand-alone, hands-on inquiry activities with supporting videos.
about 35 minutes
Use pennies and index cards to explore inertia and the well-known magician's tablecloth trick.
about 40 minutes
Use inclined ruler ramps to explore how mass affects a marble's "bashing power."
about 50 minutes
Use ruler ramps to explore how speed affects a marble's "bashing power."
Build a paper landing-pad for a dropped egg to explore how airbags reduce crash forces.
Use marbles and foam pipe insulation "track" to explore where energy "goes" during a collision.
Throw a tennis ball into the air and collect data to determine impact speed.
Practice catching rulers to calculate reaction time and how far a car travels during a given reaction time.
about 100 minutes
Explore how different distractions affect the time it takes to complete a numbered finger maze.
Conduct stretch-tests on homemade silly putty to explore how engineers design more realistic crash test dummies.
Use pencil push-tests to learn the difference between force and pressure and explore how safety features protect human bodies in a crash.
about 2 WEEKS
As a culminating activity, design, build and crash an egg-carrying paper car.
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This video series offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the work of the Vehicle Research Center.
about 15 minutes
Predict, observe, and explain as you watch these crash-science demonstrations.
Learn more about the crash avoidance testing program.
Predict, observe and explain the results of a crash between a vintage car and a modern car.
about 30 minutes
It's tough (and dangerous) to be a beginning driver. Explore the challenges young drivers confront.
Watch this crash test to see why other countries also have new car testing programs.
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