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Models and Designs

Investigation 3: Go Carts
Part 1: Free-Rolling Go-Carts

Lesson Summary

Students design and construct a rolling cart, using common construction materials.

Teacher Background

Students will be engineers in this investigation, coming up with Go-Cart designs that will perform the task of free-rolling down a ramp.

Set-up/Management Tips

  1. Assemble material bags ahead of time.

  2. Students should work in partners or groups of three.

  3. Have pliers on hand.

Literacy Support

Books Available Through VAST Mediagraphies: (see Literacy Links)

Science Stories
Early Autos

Scientific Vocabulary
The following words are key vocabulary words that will be introduced in this lesson and reinforced throughout the unit:

Design
Engineer