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Save The Egg Challenge

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Today we begin working on our science project. Our challenge is – Can you design a bike or football helmet to withstand impact and reduce the likelihood of a brain injury? 

 

Students will be using their knowledge of forces acting on an object in a crash or fall, and apply a design process to develop a safe container for an egg that is dropped from a set height.

The design must:

  • Stay on the head.
  • Keep the skull from cracking.
  • Allow for the user to see through an opening at the front.
  • The helmet will be made from recycled materials.

Students will:

  • work in teams
  • solve design problems
  • make modifications, change ideas and maybe make
  • mistakes
  • use peer feedback to improve their designs using a design process like engineers and designers experiment, test, refine and try again

Throughout this process students will develop a folio of work that demonstrates their learning.

 

The two videos we looked at to help us understand why this is such an important issue were:

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2986284.htm

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4716349.htm

(Two points to note:

  • Even if helmets are worn, they don’t completely eliminate the risk. They could give the player a false sense of security and they could put their body on the line even more.
  • This is why it is important to follow MPPS’ no tackling rule)

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