Crash testing - high velocity eggsporter (KS4, KS5)

Learn how vehicles are designed to keep us safe in a collision, and use your knowledge to protect an egg passenger during a real crash test.

  • Credit: Royal Institution / T Mitchell

Level

  • Key Stage 4

  • Key Stage 5

About

This workshop is designed for students between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, and lasts for around four hours including a 40 minute break for lunch (not provided).

The maximum group size is 24.

In this workshop students will be building and crash testing a vehicle on a specially designed rig. They shall redesign and build their own model car with the aim to produce a weaker crumple zone and stronger passenger cell, the aim being to keep their egg passenger alive! Students will analyse the results of their efforts using high speed photography and accelerometers fitted to the test vehicle. During the workshop students shall also learn about vehicle safety and forces in a very practical way.

This workshop was developed with Dinos Visvikis of the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

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