For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Acceleration is directly proportional to force, and inversely proportional to mass. Seventh graders at Christian Brothers Academy put these Newtons Laws into action recently, as they teamed up to design and build cars using only cardboard boxes, balloons and a few other basic supplies. Students developed their ideas into working designs to perform in one of three categories: fastest, greatest distance, and strongest. According to 7th grade science teacher Luke Ribaudo, the project demonstrated the link between science and engineering, as well as how trial and error and changes in design can result in a working model.
The team of Spencer McConnell 16, Jack Toole 16 and Ryan McGuire 16 were named overall winners for their car, “The Swampcrawler,” which traveled the greatest distance of 8.79 meters.
Mr. Luke Ribaudo (standing at right) observes Lincoln McGarrity 16 at the starting line while Theresa Fallon16 (standing left to right), Sir Vantis Dennis 16 and Christian Labbate 16 look on.
Spencer McConnell 16, Jack Toole 16 and Ryan McGuire 16 hold “the Swampcrawler,” an original design that traveled 8.79 meters as part of a science lesson on Newtons Laws.
William Fruce 16 supplies the energy for his vehicle.