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The fifth-grade students at Clay Charter Academy combined math and science in an engaging lab. Our fifth-grade students were able to explore how an applied force, such as friction, changes the distance a car can travel. The students used a variety of materials to investigate and describe that the speed of an object is determined by the distance it travels in a unit of time and that friction opposes the motion.

During their lab, the students were required to measure all trials and then convert their data measurements from centimeters to millimeters, this helped to give them insight in how they can use unit conversions to solve real-world problems. After the lab, the students were able to grasp how speed and distance are affected by friction, and that math and science are an integral part of their everyday lives.