Learning Exercise

Forces and Motion Group Exercise

For this assignment you will be required to work in groups during class time. Each group must contain at least four persons and each person must contribute to the group’s output.

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Exercise

  • Each group must design a self-propelled car using the instructions below.
  • These instructions have been provided as a guide, you may choose to create your car using another method, however, it must be self-propelled. You can use any items you have at your disposal.
  • You are required to take pictures and videos using a device of your choice (for e.g. Smartphone, tablet, or digital camera) during the design process.
  • Using the pictures and videos taken during the group design, you are required to collaborate and create a presentation which illustrates the creation of the car from concept to design to production.
  • Options for the presentation include
    • Video no longer than 3-5 minutes (using powtoons, iMovie, Screencast-o-Matic etc.)
    • Padlet wall
    • Power point slide show
  • This presentation (video should be uploaded to YouTube, files or link) must then be uploaded to the Group Car Design Upload Wiki.

 

Note: each member of the group must upload an individual copy of the movie that was created.

Technical Notes

  1. All materials will be given to students to build the car.
  2. Students will be allotted a fixed time to build the car. 
  3. Students must document the process of designing and constructing the model car and must create a diagram highlighting where the forces can be found and the direction.
  4. All students must be able to discuss the chosen design and present the justification for this design.

Requirements

Dowels, binder clips, bottle caps, balloons, blinds

Learning Objectives

This activity has been created to allow students to analyse how the forces act in order to create motion. Students should have a good understanding of Newton's 3rd law.

Assessment

Score Breakdown

  • This assessment will be marked out of a total of 30 points.
  • The number of points you are awarded will determine your final grade out of 30%.
  • The total which is added to your final grade will be calculated as follows, if you are awarded 25 points then, 25% will be applied (calculated as 25/30 x 30).

Criteria

Excellent
100-70%

Good
69 – 60%

Satisfactory
59 – 50%

Unsatisfactory
49 – 0%

Teamwork and Focus
(10 points)

Group members always willing to listen to others and compromise. Works hard to successfully complete task. Active participation amongst all group members to develop new and creative ideas.
7 – 10 points

Group members mostly willing to listen to others and compromise. Works well to successfully complete task. Good participation amongst all group members to develop good ideas.
6 – 6.9 points


Group members sometimes willing to listen to others and compromise. Works to successfully complete task. Fair participation amongst all group members to develop ideas.
5 – 5.9 points

Group members reluctant to listen to others and compromise. Works just enough to complete task. Little participation amongst all group members to develop ideas.
0 – 4.9 points

Quality of Work
(10 points)

Creation produced is of the highest quality adhering to all the standards.
7 – 10 points

Creation produced is of the good quality adhering to most of the standards.
6 – 6.9 points

Creation produced is of the fair quality adhering to some of the standards.
5 – 5.9 points

Creation produced is of the poor quality and does not adhere to the standards.
0 – 4.9 points

Content Delivery on Task
(10 points)

Editing and quality of movie make the presentation compelling.
Group preparation and
organization are evident.
There are 10-15 pictures
present which shows important aspects of the creation of the car.
7-10 points

Editing and quality of movie make the presentation interesting.
Group preparation and
organization are evident in most group members.
There are 10-15 pictures
present which shows most aspects of the creation of the car.
6 – 6.9 points

Editing and quality of movie make the presentation good.
Group preparation and
organization may not be evident. Number of
pictures shown may not
show important aspects of the creation of the car.
5 – 5.9 points

Editing and quality of movie is not understandable. Group
preparation and
organization are not
evident. Number of pictures do not show important aspects of the creation of the car.
0 – 4.9 points