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April 5, 2014
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The science of soap box cars

Chicago Park students in Katie Kohler’s seventh- and eighth-grade math and science class built soap box cars and raced them down a nearby hill Thursday in an attempt to better understand Isaac Newton’s three laws of physics.

“I found this really interesting lesson on the teaching channel, and it was with a teacher that taught to make Newton scooters, where they make little cars,” Kohler said. “I just got the idea it might be fun to do a soap box with it.”

Kohler’s husband, Jordan Kohler, a welder at Beale Air Force Base, and his co-worker Greg Schmidt brought supplies Thursday morning for students to use to build two different cars, one with four wheels and the other with three wheels. Students sought to find out which car would go down the hill faster, and why.

“They learned about Newton’s laws, about engineering, and the one thing I love that they learned was that not everything works the first time,” Katie Kohler told The Union. “That you sometimes have to work on something more than once to succeed.”

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