Linden’s Lunchbox Derby

LINDEN—The Lunchbox Derby at Linden School No. 6 was a science extension of the fifth grade science kit Motion and Design. Students had to create a working vehicle out of assorted fruits or vegetables.

The Lunchbox Derby was a cross curricular activity which incorporated math, measuring the distance that the vehicles traveled, and charting and graphing the results. A health lesson was infused which reinforced the “five a day” concept of good nutrition, along with the food pyramid.


School No. 6 fifth grade scientists used the scientific method to search for cause and effect as they designed a vegetable and fruit vehicles. Students had to do background research on the process, as a team they constructed and test a hypothesis by doing an experiment.

In the final stage an analysis of the data was constructed where the teams had to draw a conclusion. As a whole class they are had to communicate their team results and answer scientific questions.

School 6 students Joshua Rodriguez, Dominik Krzesik, Dezarey Williams, Carlos Gonzalez are hopeful of “veggie” win.

Jordan Boyce, Bryan DeFreitas, Jelitsa Rivera, Kevin Garganta of School No. 6 worked on their vehicle together.

School No. 6 students Joshua Rodriguez (standing), Carlos Gonzalez (sitting), Domink Krzesik, Dezarey Williams were challenged to create their vehicle.

Kathlyn Dutra of School No. 6 applies the Newton Laws of Motion.

Jordan Boyce (background), Jeison Montoya, Bryan DeFreitas, Kevin Garganta have their fingers crossed as they release their vehicle.

Photos by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools

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