October 02, 2007 11:26 ET

High School Students Investigate Crash Scene

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Crash Scene, an online educational activity, was created to give students a fascinating look at how the math and science they learn in school is used in a real world investigation. Students using the activity collect data, make observations, take measurements, calculate speeds and draw conclusions. "This free Edheads online activity gives students an opportunity to conduct a crash scene investigation," said Gail Wheatley, Executive Director of Edheads. "The program's scenario is an easy and fun way for students to use math and physics as they pertain to crash investigations. Students will also learn about the lethal forces that come in to play in high speed crashes. We hope students will begin to understand these forces and the activity will save lives."

The program takes students through every process that an Ohio State Highway Patrol officer completes during a crash investigation -- from measuring skid marks to mathematical calculations to interviewing witnesses. Another application available on the site allows the participant to input speed and impairment variables to assess how those variables may change outcomes.

The activity was developed in a unique partnership between Edheads, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and two school districts in central Ohio. The Patrol's involvement in the project included helping Edheads research, design, and test activities. In particular, the Crash Reconstruction Unit provided the technical support and consultation on the crash investigation process. Math and Science Teachers from Hilliard City Schools and Columbus Public Schools also assisted Edheads in developing content for the site.

"I think it's important to show students how the lessons they learn in the classroom apply to real-world scenarios. The Edheads program does that in a way that is both interesting and thought-provoking for the students who participate," said Mrs. Lauren Smith, a teacher at Hilliard Davidson High School.

In addition to the new Crash Scene investigation program, the Edheads Website,, offers activities ranging from hip and knee replacement surgery to simple machines. Each activity features graphics, sound, and animation.

The CarMax Foundation provided a grant to Edheads for the majority of the funding to make the program possible. The CarMax Foundation is supported by CarMax Inc., the nation's largest retailer of used cars.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Gail Wheatley
    (614) 205-1951

    Lt. Tony Bradshaw or
    Sgt. Toby Smith
    (614) 752-2792