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The assignment was for students to make the most out of the force that causes a car to be pushed forward in the opposite direction with an equal force of air rushing backward out of a balloon.
The North Lamar students arrived on their assigned day with painted cars made from such things as old CDs, water bottles, Styrofoam, match boxes, cardboard coat hangers, and Solo cups.
The cars were to travel at least five meters down a track that was set up in the hallway. Classmates competed in pairs with awards given for Best Looking Car, Fastest Car (in the first five meters), and Farthest Distance Traveled.
“I feel the students have a better understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion after completing this hands-on experiment,” said Kenny Sanders, 7th grade science instructor. “I think all of the students had a great time designing and racing their cars and all benefited from the activity.”
Winners named to one or more of the above awards (kneeling beginning left), are Josie Zumalt, Kimber Scott, Hayden Russell, Garrett Cook, and Parker Freeman. In back are Payton Buck, Kendra Douglas, Abbie Fisher, Allison Bright, Hunter Moore, Cody Anthony, and Hunter Grose. Not pictured is Bryce Petkus.