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HTML title: Fun and Interactive Project Idea for the Classroom Title: Exploring Renewable Energy through DIY Solar-Powered Cars Compliance: This project aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Engineering Design and Energy. Subject: Science Summary: Engage your students in hands-on learning by building solar-powered cars to explore renewable energy. Topic: Renewable Energy and Engineering Learning Outcomes: By the end of this project, students will: - Know the basic principles of renewable energy and its importance in sustainability. - Understand the engineering design process and how it can be applied to solve real-world problems. - Be able to design, build, and test a solar-powered car. Methodology: 1. Introduction (10 minutes): - Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of renewable energy and its impact on the environment. - Introduce the engineering design process and explain how it will be applied in this project. 2. Research and Planning (20 minutes): - Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of solar-powered cars to research (e.g., solar panels, motors, batteries). - Instruct students to create a plan for their car design, considering factors such as size, weight, and efficiency. 3. Building Phase (60 minutes): - Provide students with the necessary materials, including solar panels, motors, wheels, and other components. - Guide students as they construct their solar-powered cars, encouraging teamwork and problem-solving. 4. Testing and Iteration (30 minutes): - Set up a race track or a designated area for students to test their cars. - Have students measure the distance their cars travel using a measuring tape or a marked track. - Encourage students to analyze their results and make improvements to their designs for better performance. 5. Reflection and Presentation (20 minutes): - Ask students to reflect on their experience and discuss the challenges they faced during the project. - Have each group present their solar-powered cars, explaining their design choices and the lessons they learned. Resources/Materials Required: - Solar panels - Motors - Wheels - Batteries - Chassis materials (e.g., cardboard, foam board) - Hot glue guns - Measuring tape - Markers and paper Instructions: 1. Begin the lesson by introducing the concept of renewable energy and its importance in sustainability. 2. Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of solar-powered cars to research. 3. Instruct students to create a plan for their car design, considering factors such as size, weight, and efficiency. 4. Provide students with the necessary materials and guide them as they construct their solar-powered cars. 5. Set up a race track or a designated area for students to test their cars. 6. Have students measure the distance their cars travel and encourage them to analyze their results and make improvements. 7. Ask students to reflect on their experience and have each group present their solar-powered cars to the class. Activities: - Research and Planning - Building Phase - Testing and Iteration - Reflection and Presentation Assessment: - Students' understanding of renewable energy and the engineering design process can be assessed through class discussions and reflections. - The quality of students' car designs and their ability to improve performance can be evaluated during the testing and iteration phase. - Students' presentation skills and ability to articulate their design choices can be assessed during the reflection and presentation activity. By the end of this project, students will have gained a deeper understanding of renewable energy, engineering design, and problem-solving skills. They will also have developed teamwork and presentation skills.

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