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Race & Chase

This project is about designing and making a belt driven car so that it is optimized for either speed or power. Construction is super simple. 

All you need is a pair of scissors and a screwdriver. The motor is stuck to the body of the car and a rubber band goes around the motor pulley and the pulley attached to the axle. An understanding of power ratios is covered in the student notes so that students can make decisions about the sizes of pulleys they will use for their car.



The beauty of using the Power Anchor is that students can do their own testing without losing control of the vehicles. The vehicles don't need any batteries or steering because these are provided by the Power Anchor. Hook the car up to the unit and then it races around it. Students can control the speed with a hand controller. With the Power Anchor there is plenty of opportunity for testing and setting up races and stunts. This project is aimed at school Year 5-8.

The teaching resource pack is a rich source of ideas with a teaching programme, teachers’ notes, student notes and worksheets as well as a classroom video to help instruct and inspire your students.   Designability projects are designed by teachers and are classroom tested.  

A full range of design activities are included in the student notes and the teacher’s notes help to guide through the delivery of the project.  These include: 

  • Information sheets on experimental car design
  • Homework questions
  • Research tasks
  • Concept sketching
  • Detailed design brief 
  • Evaluation     
 

The project pack also includes a 13 minute classroom DVD which will inspire and instruct your students on the main concepts and making techniques including:

  • Power ratios
  • Pulleys
  • Cutting and joining 
  • Testing the car
  • Setting up stunts


 

Resources

Our aim is to support teachers with all the resources you need to successfully run this project in your classroom.  We provide a teaching resource pack which includes teacher notes and student notes as well as the classroom video, as well as class packs of consumables.    


Materials and Equipment

     
    • Scissors 
    • Screwdriver
    • Steel rules
    • Rasping file  
    • Set of pulleys

 

  • Pencil
  • Soldering irons and solder  (or conductive paint)
  • Wheels   

 








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