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The Patrol has partnered with the educational company Edheads to create a Web-based, animated presentation to teach middle and high school students the principals of what happens in a crash and how crashes are investigated.
The Edheads online program gives high school students an opportunity to conduct a traffic crash investigation. The program’s traffic crash scenario is an easy and fun way for students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics and physics as they pertain to crash investigations and the proper mathematical equations used for the type of crash being investigated. The program also includes important traffic safety messages focused toward the teen motorist demographic.
The program takes students through every process that an 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 investigatory outcomes.
Edheads is a non-profit organization, and offers educational Web experiences that are free to teachers, students, and parents. They strive to deliver in-depth content in a fresh, exciting style allowing the user to learn intuitively in an online environment.
The Edheads Web site, http://www.edheads.org, currently offers activities ranging from virtual hip or knee replacement surgery to weather and simple machines. Each activity features strong graphics, sound, and animation. Although Edheads activities are available to anyone in the world with Internet access, when completed, the crash activity features guides who closely resemble Ohio troopers. The Patrol's involvement in the project included helping Edheads developers research, design, and test activities. In particular, the Crash Reconstruction Unit provided the technical support and consultation on the crash investigation process.
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.