- Compare and contrast forces acting on the system by examining the results of the solar car races.
- Explain the mechanics of gear ratios and demonstrate the most useful ratio to use when constructing solar cars.
- Explain the benefits of employing a pulley-system in their car construction. Students will understand the importance of selecting measurable, specific variables to compare in their data collection process in order to make evidence-based claims.
Students will race different iterations of solar cars: geared and pulley-system cars using varying gear ratios. Students will have the opportunity to make predictions, record data, and explain the results