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Science - 4th

Creating a Solar-Powered Car Project

In this project, students will learn about renewable energy sources and how they can be used to power vehicles. The learning outcomes for this project include:

  • Understanding the basics of solar energy and how it can be harnessed
  • Learning about the components of a car and how they work together
  • Developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Working collaboratively in a team

Methodology

Students will work in groups of four to design and build a solar-powered car. They will be provided with a kit that includes a small solar panel, a motor, wheels, and other necessary materials. The teacher will provide a brief introduction to solar energy and how it can be used to power vehicles. Students will then be given time to brainstorm and sketch out their designs.

Once the designs are complete, students will begin building their cars. They will need to work collaboratively to ensure that all components are properly connected and functioning. The teacher will be available to provide guidance and support as needed.

Once the cars are complete, students will test them out in a race. The race will take place outside on a sunny day to ensure that the solar panels are able to generate enough energy to power the cars. Students will be assessed on their ability to work collaboratively, their problem-solving skills, and the performance of their cars.

Resources/Materials

  • Solar-powered car kits
  • Tools for building (screwdrivers, pliers, etc.)
  • Access to a sunny outdoor space for the race

Instructions

  1. Introduce the concept of solar energy and how it can be used to power vehicles
  2. Provide students with the necessary materials and allow time for brainstorming and sketching
  3. Assist students as needed during the building process
  4. Organize a race to test the cars
  5. Assess students based on their ability to work collaboratively, problem-solving skills, and the performance of their cars

Activities

  • Brainstorming and sketching designs
  • Building the cars
  • Testing the cars in a race

Assessment

Students will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Performance of their cars in the race

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12 months ago
This project complies with all relevant safety standards and guidelines for working with tools and electronics.

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