"Radius and Pi" is a tech-focused STEAMvestigation introducing the Pi twins and a motion challenge. Investigate simple machines, motion, weight, ramps and slopes using a pre-cut paper car body to test a rolling vehicle. How much weight can the vehicle hold while rolling down a gentle slope of 10 degrees (or ramp lifted 3 to 5 inches off the ground). Use data collected to design customized rolling carts to carry goods to market.
The guides for this activity include:
• Kids STEAMvestigation Handout and Car Template
• Educator's Background Notes
• Design Logbook Pages
• Literacy Connection "Radius and Pit"
You supply recycled materials, cardboard or card stock, caps for wheels, dowels or straws for axels, clay, tape, scissors, rulers, pencils with erasers, toothpicks, and art supplies for decorating the vehicles.