Washington Students Learn More About Engineering Design and Newton’s Law of Motion Through Drag Racing

Washington Middle School seventh and eighth grade students had the opportunity to “drag race” down the school hallways. No, they weren’t actually driving the cars; the students built air-powered dragsters during Andrew Pihlblad’s Technology class.

In order to build the dragsters, students worked with tools to process materials and assemble a product, incorporated engineering design techniques, gained a better understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion, and conducted experiments to enhance their knowledge of the effects of weight and aerodynamics on their dragster. The goal was to determine which dragster had the best design and could travel the farthest. Some were able to travel over 80 feet on one blast of air.

“It is important for students to have technology classes because technology and design lessons allow students to be creative while also developing new skills and grasping an understanding of how things work,” said Mr. Pihlblad.

Students have also designed and built a Rube Goldberg project, a candy dispenser and a model bridge during this year’s class.

posted on 12/18/2013 - filed under: Academics, Middle School, Spotlight, teachers, Technology