KELVIN® Transportation Makers: Cars S.T.E.M. Lab w/ Full Color Book

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KELVIN® announces a NEW hands-on lab that is ideal for homeschooling, schools, and camps, as well as museums and workshops. This problem-solving activity includes a general guide and parts.

This is the perfect lab for:

  • TEACHERS who need an affordable curriculum with weeks worth of activities.
  • PARENTS that are looking for fun and educational activities for the home in place of cancelled summer programs.
  • ADMINISTRATORS seeking a S.T.E.M. program that they can distribute easily through teachers for students staying at home.

Focused around the book, Car Models that Zoom: Creativity in Motion, by Ed Sobey Ph.D., this lab provides students the tools, guidance, and freedom to explore car designs. Students learn about gears, motors, propulsion, solar, propellers, and more. Basic wheeled car designs eventually advance to more complex motorized solar cars. Activities incorporate materials that can be found in the student’s environment such as cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, plastic plates and cups.

Car Models To Build Include:

  • Rolling car
  • Three-wheel car
  • Steerable car
  • Sail car
  • Puff car
  • Jet-powered car
  • Rubber band car
  • Rubber band propeller car
  • Electricity primer
  • Electric car w/ propeller drive
  • Electric car w/ direct drive
  • Electric car with gear drive
  • Electric car with belt drive
  • Solar-powered car
  • Jittering car
  • Hovercraft
  • Motorcycle
  • Cable car

Neatly packed in a storage box and includes a hot glue gun so that students can start building right away!

Each lab includes:

  • Book, Car Models that Zoom: Creativity in Motion, (inside pictures in color)
  • Hot Glue Gun  
  • [20] Glue Gun Slugs
  • Digital Multimeter with Battery
  • Wood for Car Base (1.5 x 8 x 0.25 in.)
  • Corrugated Plastic for Car Base (1.5 x 8 x 0.25 in.)
  • Hi-Density Foam for Shaping Car Body (1.5 x 6.75 x 1 in.)
  • Styrene Tray (9.5 x 7 x 1.25 in.)
  • Solar Cell (200 mA) with Alligator Clip Leads
  • Project Motor (3-6 V, 17K rpm)
  • Solar Motor with Wire Leads
  • Super Capacitor (to store energy)
  • Battery Holder for 1 AA Battery
  • Battery Holder for 2 AA Batteries
  • Battery Holder for 4 AA Batteries
  • Knife switch with Screw Terminals
  • [6] Wire Leads with Alligator Clip Ends
  • Project Propeller (fits project motor)
  • Nosehook Propeller (powered by rubber band)
  • [10] Rubber Bands
  • [6] Project Wheels
  • [4] Wheels with Gear (2 rear and 2 front)
  • [2] Wheel Inserts for CDs (fits 1/4 in. dia. dowel rod)
  • [10] Cardboard Wheels (4 fit 1/8 in. dia.; 6 fit 1/4 in. dia.)
  • [4] Metal Axles
  • [6] 1/8 in. dia. Wood Dowels (12 in. long; Cut to Fit)
  • [2] 1/4 in. dia. Wood Dowels (One is 4 in. long and the other is 8 in. long)
  • [2] Motor Pulley & Gear Combos
  • Pulley Set (4 Sizes; smallest size fits 2mm shaft)
  • Gear Set (4 Sizes)
  • [10] Craft Sticks
  • Vinyl Tubing (0.25 inside dia. x 6 in. long; for balloon activity)
  • [8] Straws
  • [5] Balloons
  • [3] Cable Ties (4 in. long)
  • [5] Sheets of DesignGrid™ paper (11 x 17 in.)
  • [2] Sheets of Cardstock (8-1/2 x 11 in.)
  • Roll of Masking Tape
  • Safety Glasses
  • Storage Box with Lid (for parts storage)

Please Note: This is a problem-solving activity that, depending on your design, requires working with hand tools for cutting and shaping. Adult or teacher supervision is required. The supplied book has general plans with example pictures. AA and 9V batteries are sold separately. Hot Glue Gun is provided.