Materials List: Spaghetti Soapbox Derby

Each group needs:

To share with the entire class:

  • (optional) a small wheeled vehicle, such as a toy, for a quick demo, to let run down the ramp with different amounts of weight to demonstrate the resulting differences in distance traveled
  • (optional) access to a computer with Internet access, for students to research example pasta cars OR for the teacher to find the same pictures in advance to print out to show the class
  • test ramp for testing the pasta cars; such as a ramp composed of a 36 x 24-inch (91 x 61-cm) sheet of thin plywood, foam core board or similar materials that is raised on one side to a height of 13 inches (33 cm), perhaps propped on books or boxes secured with tape; see Figures 2 and 3 for details
  • masking tape
  • meter stick, yardstick or measuring tape