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Design a Self-Propelling Car

6/18/20

Design a Self-Propelling Car

By Adventure Science Center

Automobile manufacturers across the world are working to design and build cars that are energy-efficient and emit less pollution into the air, while still allowing the driver to go long distances.

Your challenge is to create a car out of recycled materials that can move on its own without a battery or motor. You also cannot push or pull the car. The goal is to have a vehicle travel at least 15 feet.

Step 1: Watch the Science Max Rocket Car video to learn about the importance of energy efficient cars and explore possible ideas for your challenge design. 

Step 2: Collect materials around your house that can be used to build your car and propel it forward.

Step 3: Use the Engineering Design Process Guide to help you map out your design. What method have you selected to propel the car forward? How can you make it aerodynamic enough to travel 15 feet?

Step 4: Test your car’s design to see if it is propelled 15 feet. If so, can you make it go faster? If not, what changes can you make to help propel the car forward or be more aerodynamic?

Step 5: Ask an adult to share a picture or video of your car design on social media using #MakerMondayTN and #LearningAtHome!

Additional resources:

Transportation Systems of the Future

Toyota Dream Car Art Competition

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