Central Valley moves full STEAM ahead

on October 12, 2018

Central Valley Grade 5 STEAM: Car Design 

  • Central Valley students build car chassis.

On October 5, Central Valley’s 5th grade STEAM students were challenged to design, build and modify wooden chassis for speed and distance.

Before the project began, students first:

  • Reviewed the engineering design process*
  • Explored Friction, Torque, Speed, and Momentum
  • Experimented with forces that act on vehicles and passengers

* The engineering design process is a series of steps engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Many times the solution involves designing a product (like a car chassis) that meets certain criteria and/or accomplishes a certain task.

Next up, students will:

  • Examine the relationship of Speed and Momentum
  • Identify mathematical relationships to project results

Working in research & development teams of three or four people each, students built and then tested their chassis for accuracy and precision. The goal? To have it travel the furthest distance in a straight line.

Students learned about the relationship between speed and distance while engaging in a fun, hands-on activity. That’s how learning happens at Central Valley!