STEM Challenge Wind-Powered Car

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3rd - 5th
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Description

Are you ready for the windy month of March! This STEM challenge is part of a series about wind-powered devices, but can certainly be used all year long! This resource features the famous Wind Car! Your students will love the problem-solving of this challenge and cheer loudly when their little cars zip along with the wind.

NOTE: This challenge may be purchased as part of money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

In this challenge, students will be using materials to design a rolling car that is wind-powered. They will have to consider the placement of the car’s axle and the size of the wheels in order to make the best car. Also, they must decide if a very long car is the right way to complete this task. In order to use wind power, the car will need a wind catching device- like a sail! Many decisions will be considered to solve these problems! Finally, the car will be tested by blowing a very strong wind (a fan) on it to see just how far it will travel.

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes cardboard tubes, wooden skewers, masking tape, pipe cleaners, cardboard pieces, card stock, construction paper, copy paper, straws, and a fan.

The package specifically includes:

  • Cover
  • Teacher background
  • Materials and preparation page
  • 5 pages of teacher directions
  • Constraints list
  • 4 pages of photographs
  • Student lab sheet with sample answers
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use

Also included is a file containing forms in an editable format. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 1-2 class sessions (1 - 2 hours) to complete.

This challenge works perfectly with two other wind challenges:

Or you may purchase all three as part of money-saving bundles!

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You might also like these STEM Challenges about cars:

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Standards

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NGSS3-PS2-1
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.
NGSS4-PS3-4
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
NGSS3-PS2-2
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
NGSS4-PS3-1
Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. Assessment does not include quantitative measures of changes in the speed of an object or on any precise or quantitative definition of energy.

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