KEEP THE CRASH TEST DUMMY SAFE!
Engineers work to protect the public, and that includes keeping them safe in their cars. Mechanical engineers work with automotive factories to create cars that keep us as safe as possible on the road in the event of an accident. One of the ways that they do this is by creating crash test situations with dummies to see how the car is able to protect the passengers from injury and making adjustments to the design as needed.
Design a car that can perform an incredible stunt AND keep its passenger safe from falling out of the vehicle or the impact of the crash.
Create a video showcasing both the design of your car, as well as the performance of it in your crash test stunt. In your video you should talk about what didn’t work initially and how you were able to fix it. This shows us your design thinking skills.
Upload this video to YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Crash Test Dummy Project. In the email include the link to the video, as well as your name, age and school.
Special Note: Remember that you should never attempt these stunts in real life! They are fun to design for toys, but you are not a crash test dummy and you should never risk your personal safety in the name of curiosity.
You should use objects you can find around the house to build your project (some examples are below).
We recommend that your dummy that you practice on is a ping pong ball (or other ball of similar size), covered in aluminum foil to see if there are any dents made when it crashes. For your final video you can use the ping pong ball again or an egg (ask your parents!)
You can use these or anything else you find around your house to work with
- Cardboard boxes
- Old newspapers
- Toy tracks
- Plastic recycling
We will be picking our favorite, most creative video to be our winner of the week – you will receive a prize pack full of goodies!
DEADLINE TO ENTER CONTEST: March 27th, 2020