National Science Teaching Association: How Do Roof Flaps Make a Race Car Safer?

Roof flaps are a safety feature required on all NASCAR race cars.

In this lesson, middle school students plan and conduct an investigation to help them figure out how roof flaps reduce the chances that a race car will become airborne following a collision.


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Science Topics
Aerodynamics, Physics, Sports
Engineering Topics
Machines, Structures
Middle School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
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