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Age range: 5-7 | 7-11
Duration: 60 or more mins
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Testing a car's performance

Design an experiment to test how long it takes a vehicle to move down a slope

In this series of activities pupils will learn about nets and wheels and axles. They will combine these technologies to make the base and body for a vehicle made from card, finishing by evaluating the performance of the assembled vehicle.

This activity evaluates the performance of the vehicle previously manufactured by the pupils. It involves recording the time taken by each vehicle to go down a slope. This can be converted into the speed of the vehicle. It could be used at Key Stage 1 or 2 to develop understanding of the use of testing and numeracy skills.


Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, pupils will test how long it takes vehicles to move down a slope.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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