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Why Do NASCAR Drivers Need to React Fast? (Part 1: Sight)

Life Science NGSS Elementary Grade 4

Sensemaking Checklist

Lesson Overview

NASCAR drivers move along the track at speeds of more than 200 mph. How much time do these race car drivers have to react to avoid trouble ahead? Middle school students conduct an investigation to determine their own reaction rates and use systems thinking to explain how seeing “trouble” and reacting appropriately to it can occur in less than 1 second!


 

Materials

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