Solar Car Design

April 26, 2015 at 1:36 pm (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Students spent the week reading about solar electric vehicles, how they work, how much/less energy they produce, and ideal times for them to function. They compared these to hybrids finding the similarities and differences between the two cars. We journaled vocab terms, illustrated them, and created context clue sentences for each. The kids were divided into teams to design a solar operated car. They had to determine which angle of sunlight would best power the car, which type of gears to use for speed, and then construct the vehicle. Rules: cars had to work, drive uphill 5 meters, and in a straight path.

Word of the week: photovoltaic cell = solar powered cell.

Here’s one clip of 4th grade engineers testing their car powered by a photovoltaic cell.

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