“Motion Commotion” to soon rock the nation
Registration is underway for the 2015 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment, on Oct. 7. For more than 5 million young people across the nation participating in 4-H science, engineering and technology, the National Youth Science Day experiment will be a rallying event. Science Day also brings together volunteers and educators from the nation’s 109 land-grant colleges and universities to assist budding scientists in setting groundwork for the experiment and then conducting it. The 2015 experiment was designed by Oregon 4-H in collaboration with Vernier Software and Technology, and the “Motion Commotion” lesson they’ve put together promises to give young scientists insights into physics with hands-on experience concerning the relationships among speed, stopping distances, reaction times and safety.
Each $21.95 kit contains rulers, race cars, modeling clay and other ingredients for eight young scientists, age 10 and older, to construct a runway to analyze speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, explore the science behind automotive collisions and learn the consequences of distracted driving.