Collisions bring knowledge at Manor Oaks

Collisions bring knowledge at Manor Oaks
Manor Oaks School students Mateo Mrakovcic (left), Alexander Fulgieri and Meera Lal (right) teamed up to test collisions during an Energy and Collision module. (Photo courtesy of the New Hyde Park-Garden City school district)

Manor Oaks School fifth graders in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District put their studies of kinetic and potential energy to the test during a recent Energy and Collision module.

The module, part of the Project Lead the Way curriculum, includes students testing collisions with their Vex robotics kits and using half pipes to simulate a crash. The students worked in teams to record the crashes, using the slow-motion capture on their Chromebooks to record their observations.

The activity is a building block to the students’ culminating project of creating crash prevention systems. Students will use the data they acquired to keep a raw egg safe during a collision.

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