Solar Vehicle Lesson Plan by cXVwb19

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									Solar Vehicle Lesson Plan

Overview: In this lesson students will design, construct, and test a solar vehicle.

Objectives
The students will:
    Design a solar vehicle.
    Use a solar cell, gears, an electric motor, and other components to construct and test a
       solar vehicle.
    Test a solar vehicle and make design changes based on test results.
    Write a scientific report describing hypotheses behind the solar vehicle design, test
       results, and conclusions regarding optimal solar vehicle design.


Require materials and equipment

      2 large, rear wheels
      2 small, front wheels
      2 axles
      Two straws
      Pinion gears (motor gears)
      Drive gear (axle gears)
      Motor
      Balsa sheet
      Solar panel
      Adhesive tape, double-sided
      Craft knife or scissors
      Hot glue gun


Lesson Outline:

      Distribute required materials and equipment, Solar Vehicle Construction Instructions, and
       Solar Vehicle Challenge Sheets.
      Have student follow the instruction in the Solar Vehicle Construction Instructions, and
       Solar Vehicle Challenge Sheets.
      Require students to design vehicle before beginning construction.
      Allow students to redesign after initial testing.
      Race the vehicles after final construction.
      Provide students at least one day to write report and presentation.

								
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