Solar Cars Science Investigation

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Students will design an investigation to test solar vehicles. They will determine which particular materials they will use in the testing of their chosen format. Students will allow for redesign to take place by determining variables that can be manipulated in a measurable format. Students will determine data that will be useful to collect in the testing of their vehicle design.

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50 min

Students will design a science investigation to test solar car with a pulley or with a variety of gear sizes. In the previous lesson, they were introduced to the different types of systems that can be employed on their car. In this lesson they will use the “Planning an Investigation” form in order to justify their reasoning for choosing a particular type of car design. These forms will help them visualize their car design and make informed decisions regarding how each variable affects the success of their vehicle. 

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aluminum foil, marbles, large tub or basin