Automatic Triggering Devices

How does the air bag trigger in an accident? The lesson explores how automatic triggering devices work in automobiles. Using examples such as a seat belt lock and air bag, scholars design their own device to better understand the mechanisms at work. This is the seventh lesson in a series of nine.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Co-teach the entire unit with driver's education
  • Compare seat belt designs in cars from various decades
Classroom Considerations

  • Carefully select the location for the experiment so it doesn't disturb other classes
  • The seventh lesson in a series of nine

  • Provides homework questions
  • Includes extension activities
  • Highlights vocabulary throughout the lesson

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