Lesson 1: Chassis and launch mechanism

Using a range of materials children follow instructions to make the chassis of their car and the slingshot launch mechanism, learning that their slingshot cars work by storing kinetic energy in the elastic band before it launches

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding that car designs have developed over many years

  • Knowing that a chassis is the frame of a car on which everything else is built

  • Knowing that all moving things have kinetic energy

  • Knowing that kinetic energy is the energy that something (an object or person) has by being in motion

Teacher Video: Chassis and launch mechanism

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Created by:
Vicki Risianova,  
Design & Technology specialist
After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching DesignTo make, draw or write plans for something. and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject…
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