# Lab - Record Setting Races (Calculating Average Speed)

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A 4-page lab document that challenges students to investigate how fast they can finish 6 different races and compare their calculated speeds to world record holders for the same event.

In this activity, students go to the school track or other open area and perform the races listed below. For each race, their lab partner measures and records their time, and then the students switch places. After collecting data for all 6 events, students are then tasked to calculate their average speed using the formula S=D/T for each race, as well as the speed of the world record holder for the same event. Finally, students are asked to make a graph to compare their performance against world record holders!

Races That Students are to Perform:

- Running Forwards (100 m)
- Running Backwards (50 m)
- Speed Walking (50 m)
- Hopping on One Leg (20 m)
- Heel to Toe Walking (20 m)
- Crab Walking (20 m)

This lab activity arose because I wanted to create an active lab activity that allowed students to get exercise, engage in friendly competition, and calculate average speed values in a fun and “real” way.

Lab Techniques Addressed by This Activity:

- Following a procedure
- Collecting data (time to travel a specified distance)
- Calculating average speed using the S=D/T formula
- Graphing data
- Analyzing data

Full Answer Key with Sample Data and Teachers Guide:

- The product features a full answer key with sample student data
- Sample data is helpful if there are students that are absent or otherwise unable to finish the experiment

- A detailed teacher’s guide is also included to help with the setup of the race events.
- The guide also provides information on materials, duration, and running of the event, as well as advice.

- This worksheet comes in 2 formats: a static PDF document and fully-editable WORD document
- Download the full PDF preview to see EXACTLY what you are getting!

Relevant CC Standard(s) and/or NGSS Core Idea(s) Addressed by This Product:

NGSS - MS-PS2.A
Physical Science – Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

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