RTP Corvettes at Alston Ridge Elementary


RTP Corvettes was invited by Alston Ridge Elementary School to share
our expertise with 3rd graders who were studying transportation as
part of their science curriculum. The students were engaged in an awesome
integrated study of modes of transportation–specifically how things Go,
Stop, and Change Directions–that corresponds to their science curriculum on
Force and Motion.

Students are building an understanding of the ways that motor
vehicles work, and how different vehicles are similar and different (bikes,
motorcycles, cars, and trucks). And, students are learning about how safety
measures are built into the design and use of vehicles so that students can
begin to imagine safer solutions for transportation for everyone in the
community.

5 RTP Members

Jim
Lewis

Sparky
Wilson

Fred
Blinne

Ken
Waters

Andy
Krumwiede and

Mary
Alexion

volunteered to put together a program for the school.

The program consisted of 4 elements:

A Parts Corral led by Sparky

Newtons 3 Laws of Motion presented by Fred

All About Race Cars with Ken

Corvettes, up close and personal: all 5 RTP members

 

THE PARTS CORRAL:

The Parts Corral: Crank Cam, piston, & timing chain

Sparky introduced the parts session with a great quote by Sean
Hamilton: A dream without ambition is like a car without gas you are not
going anywhere
and he told the story of how Henry Ford tried 4 times
before successfully building an automobile ordinary people could afford.

The children had a chance to see a picture of an engine and a real
piston.

Sparkys demo of how the piston works with the crank gave the student
a chance to connect with what they were learning.

NEWTONS 3 LAWS OF MOTION

Fred introduced the children to Newtons laws of Motion

1st Law An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in
motion tends to stay in motion, with the same direction and speed.

 

2nd Law – The acceleration of an object depends on the mass of the
object and the force acting on it.

A Corvette Z06 will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.95 seconds. Why?
It is made as lite as possible and has 650 Horsepower!

3rd Law – For every action there is an equal and opposite
reaction.

If this were not true:

Freds video of a Corvette on a track brought Newtons laws to life.

Fred explained G force and how it effects the car and the ride.

And the children were amazed to learn that Fred was behind the wheel!

ALL ABOUT RACE CARS

Kens talk about race cars, racing gear, and safety was another big
hit with the students.

There were lots of questions and that Ken answered with patience and
clarity. And lots of note taking

Starting the engine of the race car was met with shouts of WOW! and
a lot of covering up of ears.

CORVETTES UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

The students loved getting in and out of our cars.

Four of our team Jim Lewis, Fred Blinne, Sparky Wilson, and Andy
Krumwiede. (Missing: Ken Waters and Mary Alexion). All agreed it was a great
time and suspect we will get invitations to do it again.