Introduction to 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:
- Biology, Health Science
Each has the lab materials, computer software, visual aids, student worksheets, etc., for all the activities.
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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.
CRASH!™ directly involves students in learning science and math through real-world problem solving in a CSI-like environment. CRASH!™ tells kids WHY crashes happen. They actively calculate things like how far a car going 45 mph will travel while its driver looks away from the road to adjust the radio, or the speed of a car involved in a motor vehicle homicide; many of the CRASH!™ activities focus on impaired and distracted driving – a major problem for teen drivers.
No. CRASH!™ is a set of activities, both indoor and outdoor, designed as resources that teachers can select to supplement existing math and science lessons, and the activities invite local law enforcement to assist with demonstrations, measurements, etc. The CRASH!™ resources are used as homework assignments, lab exercises, and special projects for individual students.
The CRASH!™ activities have been cross referenced to state learning guidelines and educational frameworks, and help teachers prepare for state-mandated tests – CRASH!™ does not require that they give up any of their lesson time, because they support the topics already being taught.
The activities are not sequential, nor is there any need to do all the activities.
The CRASH!™ activities do not introduce new topics or trigger curriculum considerations.
No. No special orientation or training is needed to do the activities; and CRASH!™ supports State mandated learning frameworks.
After introducing the CRASH!™ activities into their schools statewide, both New Hampshire and Rhode Island saw dramatic decreases the next year in their teen driving fatalities (25% and 26% reductions), with no new legislation such as graduated licensing or license restrictions that would explain the dramatic reduction in teen fatalities. Kids don’t want to be in crashes, but they don’t know why crashes happen – CRASH!™ tells them why.