THE SCIENCE OF SPEED

DIFFERENT STROKES:

Students will learn how a 4-stroke combustion engine works by operating a hand powered cut-away engine along with a one page illustrated diagram explaining what occurs during each stroke.  

They will then watch a segment of "The Science of Speed" movie from the National Science Foundation on the power of a race car's engine.  They will connect what they learned from manually powering the engine to how fast a race cars engine turns by timing themselves for 60 seconds.   

CAR SAFETY:

Students will learn how a NASCAR racecar is designed, engineered and fabricated not just to win, but to also to crash by watching a segment of "The Science of Speed" movie from the National Science Foundation on car safety.  At 180 miles per hour, safety is what keeps these drivers alive.