Solar-Powered Cars for Junior Solar Sprints
- Design and build a solar-powered car
- Iteratively test and improve the design
Help your students learn about solar energy, physical forces, and other science topics with this hands-on engineering experience. This lesson plan will show you how to get your classroom started building solar-powered cars that your students can enter, if desired, in regional Junior Solar Sprint competitions. No previous experience with electronics or building things is necessary. Get the dates and location for your regional competition here.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
You will also need a flat, paved, sunny area for your students to test their cars.
Area of Science
Energy & Power
Solar power, engineering design, friction, gear ratio