Physics in Action…..
In our Access to GCSE class, students built giant ramps to measure the speed, distance and travel time of mini toy cars. The students could change the surface the car travelled on, alter the gradient of the ramp or change the mass of the car to investigate factors affecting speed.
This linked to the real world in terms of stopping and thinking distance, instantaneous and average speed cameras and friction. They really enjoyed seeing how theory became reality and testing the different car specifications.
A fun and informative lesson.