In this activity children learn about traditional vehicles for travelling across snow and investigate ways of reducing friction.
A 10-man team attempted the fastest ever vehicle crossing of Antarctica and reached the South Pole. The Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition were testing a new type of vehicle, a propeller driven pod on three skis, in the 2,000 mile journey from Union Glacier to McMurdo.
Children will learn about traditional vehicles for travelling across snow and investigate ways of reducing friction. They will predict which vehicle would be the best for snow travel.
- the factors that increase and decrease friction between solid objects
Children will learn:
- that the amount of friction between two surfaces can affect the speed of movement.
- what friction does and how it can be decreased
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.