Solar SPRK+ Lesson 5: Chariot Engineering Design

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Deb Frankel
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Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will identify possible design solutions to have a Sphero SPRK+ pull solar panels as a portable power source.
  2. Students will work in groups to determine the best possible designs and construct and test these designs with their team.
  3. Students will determine the strengths and weaknesses of each design and incorporate these findings into further construction phases.
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Students will work through the engineering design process to build a chariot for their SPRK+ that will carry their solar panels through a maze to a charging station.  Students will draft prototypes, test their designs, and make changes to their design based on the initial success of the chariot.

Science Kit Material(s) Used

2-Volt, 500mA Solar Modules

Other Material(s) Used

• Building “blocks” with wheels, such as K’NEX and/or Legos • Scrap cardboard • Sphero SPRK+