OneCar is a comprehensive STEM program that allows students to explore mechanics, energy and motion in exciting ways with parts supplied sufficient to construct 8 battery cars, or 8 capacitor cars, or 8 solar cars, or 8 air cars, or 8 propeller cars or 8 chemical cars.
With a few extra parts the cars can further be converted into elastic and mousetrap powered cars. A very versatile concept!
Each OneCar has a low friction car chassis, four wheels and supplies to allow students to create at least six different powered versions.
Students design and use a solar panel, electric motor, capacitor, kitchen chemicals, compressed air, propeller and more to get the car moving.
The emphasis is on an ‘open ended lab’ where students have the opportunity to design, develop and try new creative ways of propelling the car without any soldering.
The kits can be deconstructed for use from year to year, with only minor replacement parts required.
Additional items such as glue, scissors, AAA batteries, kitchen chemicals, bicycle pumps, mousetraps, etc. are not included.
Key concepts / Learning areas covered:
Simple Machines: Wheels, levers, axles & pulleys
Force & Motion: Newton’s Laws of Motion
Electricity: Electrical circuits
Renewable energy: Potential (elastic, mechanical, air)
Kinetic (wind, solar, electrical)
Energy: Conversions & storage
Chemistry: Reactions, limiting reactants
Level: Year 6 to 9 / Middle school
Instruction sheets and a 40 page Teacher’s Manual with guidelines for extended classroom activities & investigation