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Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car


Source Institutions

    Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

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Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car

Learners use engineering design principles to construct and test a fully solar-powered car. Solar car kits usually include a photovoltaic cell and motor; some include a chassis as well. Encourage learners to design their own chassis from balsa wood or other materials. Time for activity can be split between multiple meetings. Note: There are multiple sources for solar car kits. Most of the cost is in the photovoltaic cell. A larger, more powerful cell will allow greater flexibility for learners' designs.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
      • Transportation
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Motors
      • Electric Circuits
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Electronics
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Sarabi, Rahmin; Prucz, Roni

Source Collection:

  • TeachEngineering

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Regents of the University of Colorado, ©2014

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