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Build a Wind-Powered Car

Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Forces, engineering design

Introduction

Is that a sailboat or a sail...car? Design and build a toy car powered by the wind in this fun engineering project!

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Wooden skewers (3)
  • Plastic straws (2)
  • Plastic bottle caps (4)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hobby knife
  • Fan
    Materials to build a wind powered car

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Forces, engineering design