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Moreland Hills Elementary School second-grader Wesley Chagin, left, from Chris Zuccaro’s class, placed first in the annual Pinewood Derby Race. Brayden Oldiges, right, from Jennifer Zimmerman’s class, was the runner-up.

Lou DeVincentis 219-831-8600, ext. 6626

Staci Vincent 216-831-8600

Students race with motion, force

Before the end of the school year, Moreland Hills Elementary School second-graders studied force and motion, culminating with the annual Pinewood Derby Race.

Students designed their own cars and had to make the decision on whether or not to add weights to their vehicles, knowing that forces change the motion of an object. Second-grade teachers helped the students understand how gravity, friction, pushes and pulls, weight and a streamlined design can affect the force and motion of the cars. Students learned how to apply this knowledge to their derby race.

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