Through research articles, inquiry-based activities, videos, games, and other multimedia, students investigate and analyze the dynamics of forces and motion.
Through their expeditions, students will:
- Investigate how an understanding of velocity, momentum, and acceleration is key to designing cars that can absorb energy during a crash and save lives.
- Explore how scientists use Newton's three laws to land a one ton rover safely on the surface of Mars.
- Analyze how simple and complex machines are being used to clean up a devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Meet exciting host researchers engaged in all of these important projects and learn about their work.
Available in print and online editions, Terminal Velocity is designed to fit within school districts' core curriculum. It provides at least five to nine weeks of material with suggested lesson plans, extensions, interdisciplinary connections, and other teacher resources.
The Terminal Velocity curriculum includes...
Expedition 1: Critical Measurements – The Quest for Exactness
Precision Engineering Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Understand the importance of accurate and precise measurements to help society.
Expedition 2: A Universe of Motion - Motion, Velocity and Momentum
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Investigate and analyze the factors that describe motion and position.
Expedition 3: Fundamental Forces – Forces and the Laws of Motion
Staff Mechanical Engineer
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Apply your knowledge of forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion to explore the universe around you.
Expedition 4: Make It Work - Work, Power, and Machines
Research Fish Biologist
Evaluate the technological and societal applications of work, power, and machines.