# Lab - Toy Car Drag Race (Calculating Average Speed)

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A 4-page lab document that challenges students to investigate which toy pull-back car travels at the quickest average speed over a specified distance (2m).

After performing the experiment and collecting data for distance and average time, students are asked to calculate the average speed of each car using the formula S=D/T. Then, students are asked to make a graph to summarize their results and answer several analysis questions.

This lab activity arose because I wanted to create a lab activity that allowed students to practice calculating average speed using toys in a fun and exciting way. Since the toy cars do not always travel in perfectly straight lines, the lab also provides students the opportunity to perform multiple trials, but more importantly, to evaluate the procedure and make suggestions to improve the overall experiment design.

Lab Techniques Addressed by This Activity:

- Identifying variables
- Following a procedure
- Conducting multiple trials
- Collecting data (time to travel a specified distance)
- Calculating average speed using the S=D/T formula
- Graphing data
- Analyzing data
- Writing a conclusion

Full Answer Key with Sample Data and Student Letter

- 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 whom you would like to still complete the activity

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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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