Pupils use computer software to explore the impact of car crashes under varying conditions and the effects on a simulated dummy. Pupils can select a car, a crash point and a speed, then watch an animation of the crash and see the results as physical impact on the dummy and as numerical data.
In Crash test, there are 3 stages to the software: researching, testing and presentation. In the research centre, pupils decide which data to collect, conjecture, collect and analyse data and test hypotheses. In the test laboratory, pupils focus on hypothesis testing; they are able to test up to 14 pre-defined hypotheses and choose 3 ‘test packages’ in each case. In the presentation suite, there are tools such as varieties of graph paper and also help to prepare a presentation of results to share with others.