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Art Cars

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Art Cars

In this activity, learners design miniature cars. Learners can create a telephone car, soccer car, merry-go-round car, or any other theme car they can imagine. Learners can also choose to construct moving sculptures to ride inside, motorize the car, build an obstacle course, and/or have a mini art car parade.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Styrofoam, heavy cardboard, or a box (to make the body of the car)
  • Two wooden dowels (for axles)
  • Plastic caps or other round disks (for wheels)
  • String or yarn (to pull it)
  • Art and recycled materials (to decorate your car)
  • LEGO gears or other building materials (optional)
  • Motors, sensors, and cables (optional)
  • Cricket or LEGO Mindstorms plus computer (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
    • Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
    • Technology
      • Transportation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Computers
  • Model Building
  • Toys
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0087813


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