Materials List: Side-Impact Crash Superhero – Who Will Save the Day with a Better Safety Feature?

Teacher demo:

  • Sheet of aluminum foil
  • Small amount of clay

Each group needs:

  • 1-2 aluminum cans (have a consistent size of aluminum can for each group).
  • 4 sheets of paper
  • cardboard folder
  • foam cup
  • 1 m (~3 ft) of masking tape (total of 3-4 rolls per class)

For the class to share:

  • Crash apparatus (such as a heavy ball or weighted toy car rolling down ramp). The crash apparatus might be a ramp set up for a heavy ball or car to roll down into the “parked car” (aluminum can) set against a wall, for example. Most importantly, the crash apparatus needs to be set up so each “crash” is able to be repeated with consistent speeds and forces.