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CRASH! The Science of Collisions™

Introduction to CRASH!

CRASH! Overview

CRASH! Overview

What Teachers and Students Say about CRASH!

What Teachers and Students Say about CRASH!

CRASH! is a collection of activities that include all the materials (texts, DVD’s, police accident files, computer software) that teachers need to start using the activities immediately. The CRASH! activities are compatible with any existing lesson plan, and do not introduce new topics or trigger curriculum considerations. They are CSI-like activities that can be integrated into lesson plans to add real-world examples to topics that are already covered. The activities are not sequential, nor is there any need to do all the activities. There is a CRASH! kit for physics, math, physical science, and biology/health, and the materials can be used again and again, making the investment in CRASH! unusually cost-efficient.

CRASH! is a one-time investment in the local high school that will deliver benefits well into the future, and that can save lives while improving young drivers’ interest in science and mathematics. Funding has been provided in many cases by local service clubs such as Rotary or Kiwanis, or by a law office, bank, car dealership, insurance agency, or some other school-business partnership; CRASH! is already in more than 1000 high schools nationwide.


The CRASH! activities are broken into subject areas:

  • Science
  • Biology, Health Science
  • Physics
  • Math

Each has the lab materials, computer software, visual aids, student worksheets, etc., for all the activities.


CRASH! Activities


Universal Toolbox Contents


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Here’s What Happened When New Hampshire and Rhode Island Implemented CRASH!

State Highway Safety Statistics
(from the state web sites)

State of New Hampshire:
CRASH! introduced into schools in 2004, 2005
CRASH! was funded in NH by the Governor’s Office for Highway Safety, Peter Thompson, Director

  Before CRASH! After CRASH!
Fatal crashes (16-20 yr olds): 156 (2005) 116 (2006) (-26%)

State of Rhode Island:
CRASH! introduced into schools in 2003.
CRASH! was co-funded by the Governor’s Office for Highway Safety and MetLife Insurance Co.

  Before CRASH! After CRASH!
Fatal crashes (16-20 yr olds): 20 (2003) 15 (2004) (-25%)
14 (2005) (-30%)
9 (2006) (-55%)
Serious injuries (16-20 year olds): * 358 (2003) 288 (2004) (-20%)
212 (2005) (-40%)
144 (2006) (-60%)

Percentage comparisons are to the most recent “before CRASH!” year.
* RI injury statistics are extrapolated from total injuries and teen/overall fatality ratios.


Absolutely not. CRASH!™ is a set of indoor and outdoor classroom activities and exercises made available to teachers as supplemental resources. Teachers can use the exercises to complement and enhance existing math and science courses in order to help them achieve their own objectives for each course.

CRASH! The Science of Collisions™ is NOT a curriculum. It is a set of activities and exercises that have been proven to enhance various curricula by increasing student motivation and interest in learning.

Each Universal CRASH! Toolbox™ contains all the materials necessary for a class in Physics, Mathematics, Biology/Health, and General Science. The teacher uses the materials appropriate to their class and can ignore the rest.

For each discipline area (Physics, Mathematics, Biology/Health, and General Science), the Toolbox contains the necessary teacher’s manual, student worksheets, take-home activities, software, police reports, case file photos, and other items necessary for teachers to supervise and students to complete all the activities. The Resources CD contains digital copies of all consumable and distributable printed items, so teachers can print out copies as necessary, subject to the terms and conditions of the Legal Sciences license agreement, located in the Universal CRASH! Toolbox.

The individual activities in CRASH! The Science of Collisions™ were designed to be used effectively by a single classroom teacher. However, the interdisciplinary nature of the subject makes CRASH!™ an ideal tool for teachers who want to use it in an interdisciplinary setting.

The CRASH!™ exercises have been shown to work well in a classroom with as many as 30 students, but CRASH!™ exercises also make excellent special assignments for individual students, and they work extremely well when students are grouped in small teams.

Although it is not required that CRASH! The Science of Collisions™ be taught by math and science teachers, it has been shown that the principles CRASH! covers can be presented most effectively by teachers who are comfortable with technical and scientific concepts.

CRASH! The Science of Collisions™ has been tested in over 700 classrooms over a period of years, and has been revised and improved in order to maximize ease of use, enhance teaching effectiveness, and assure compatibility with national math and science standards.