Dryden Middle School students designed and built carbon dioxide (CO2) cars in their technology and industrial arts class taught by Daniel Coolbaugh.
Students learned about the physics behind creating a fast car, which included lessons on drag, friction aerodynamics and weight. Using this information, the middle-schoolers got to work designing a car.
After tracing out Styrofoam, they used industrial tech machines to cut out their car designs. The students repeated the process on woodblocks, attaching wheels and inserting a CO2 compartment into the frame.
Finally, the students were able to race their cars against one another to determine who built the fastest car.
The learning activity was one the students will not soon forget!