Car Crash Science

Utilize an educational website from the “Insurance Institute for Highway Safety” that applies physics and biology concepts to the real world of cars and car crashes.

To Complete the Activity:

1.  Visit the “Insurance Institute for Highway Safety” at The website aims to reinforce important  physics and biology concepts while providing students the knowledge to make safe decisions while riding in or driving a vehicle.

2.  Show videos for Understanding car crashes, joining Dr. Griff Jones at the IIHS Vehicle Research Center for crash tests and engaging demonstrations as he explains the science behind car crashes.

  • It’s Basic Physics
  • When Physics Meets Biology

3.  Use Lessons to explore crash science and engineering with these video-assisted, hands-on lessons. 

  • Penny for Your Thoughts
  • Twirling Penny
  • Pain in the Neck
  • Momentum bashing

4.  Show Additional Engagement Videos further engage your STEM skills with these videos.

  • Lego IIHS Crash Test
  • Crash Science Demos
  • Twirling Penny
  • Inside IIHS
Submission Instructions: 

To Get Your Points:

  1. Complete the activity as described above.
  2. Take photos/video of students participating in the activity.
  3. Click "Submit Points."
  4. Fill out the online submission COMPLETELY
  5. Enter the name and email of the submitter  
  6. Upload your photos/video and a brief description of the activity (including the date of completion and any people pictured in the photo).
  7. Multiple individual classroom presentations or school assemblies will only be approved as one submission
  8. Schools must take new photos with and submit these pictures to earn points again for the current year. 
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