In this unit, students explore the effects that changing tire and/or wheel sizes has on a vehicle. In groups of three or four, students will research a variety of topics related to tires and wheels. These topics should include, but are not limited to, the following: low-profile tires, standard tire sizing, run flat technology, future tire technology, and laws pertaining to the tire and wheel industry.
In conjunction with the challenge presented by the entry event, students will apply their findings by building a display that focuses on performance, safety, and options. The display will be utilized at a car show. Students will also create collateral handouts and will develop talking points and a short oral presentation for display visitors.
Throughout the course of this unit, the students will be learning suspension system technology, tire technology, problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, and communication skills. They will gain experience meeting timeframes and deadlines, as well as designing and building the physical project. They will be assessed on their ability to perform technical tasks learned along the way in addition to their work toward completing the scenario challenge.
| ||About 30 classroom hours, with additional out-of-class time.|