Solar Car Engineering Challenge Unit

Average Rating:
5
Author:
Todd Freiboth
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Engineering
solar energy
renewable resources
measurement
physics
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

After the completion of this lesson students will be able to: • Describe how solar cars work • Accurately record and measure data • Use data to propose changes to experimental designs • Research a topic • Complete a full engineering assignment • Explain pros/cons of various prototypes • Work successfully within a group to accomplish a specific task • Brainstorm various ideas

Students will build a solar car using instructions provided (Sol Run). They will take measurements of their car and then test to see how fast it can travel a 3m track. After students obtain their initial results they will research how to improve the car’s top speed and then design and build an improved model. View full description >>