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We live in a world that is constantly in motion. From the time we get out of bed in the morning we are moving: we walk, bike, drive, and play. All of these types of movements have one very important thing in common – SCIENCE, more specifically physics. Our motions are governed by Newton’s Laws of Physics:

  1. an object will remain at rest unless acted upon by an unbalanced force,
  2. acceleration is produced by a force acting upon a mass, and
  3. for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

While these laws of motion greatly impact our daily lives, we seldom think about them or pay them any attention. However, ignoring these laws or a lack of understanding of the physics related to motion, can prove to be tragic especially when one is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

Vehicle Physics & Distracted Driving Experiment

This year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) experiment provides an opportunity for youth to explore the physics behind a moving vehicle. They learn about vehicle speed, momentum, and kinetic energy and the impact that they have on car crashes. In addition to providing an understanding of what happens during a collision, the 4-H NYSD experiment takes this lesson a step further and adds the element of distraction. Youth explore reaction times and how distractions can affect them.

By utilizing science to explain these everyday occurrences, youth not only have the potential to gain a new-found interest in science but it also brings a new kind of awareness to a very hot social issue for today’s youth and adults.

Get Involved!

4-H National Youth Science Day is Oct 7, 2015 but events will be held throughout the month of October. To get involved with this year’s activities contact your local 4-H Youth Program Advisor or the State 4-H STEM Field Specialist, Christine Wood.

About 4-H NYSD

4-H NYSD is the world’s largest, youth-led science experiment and the national rallying event for 4-H Science. It is an interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and spotlights the many ways youth are engaging in 4-H Science programs year-round.

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