Designing Safer Roadways

Be careful on curvy roads. An interesting STEM activity challenges scholars to design a safe road system. The goal is to help ensure that cars coming down a hill will be able to make a right turn without sliding off the road. Pupils test out their ideas by using different materials to simulate road conditions and marbles on a ramp for the cars.

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Instructional Ideas

  • See if the state Department of Transportation has resources for traffic safety
Classroom Considerations

  • Prepare materials for the lesson ahead of time 
  • Part of the larger SLED Design series
Pros

  • Includes a PowerPoint presentation
  • Gives possible lesson extension activities
Cons

  • None
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