For this project, the UBC student volunteers will lead small groups of grade 7 Britannia Elementary students to build self-propelled cars. There will be a total of 12 volunteers with 2 volunteers per group of 4 to 5 students. Groups will start out with the same basic kit of common supplies such as mouse traps, balloons, CD’s, straws, skewers, etc.
Day 1 – After students are debriefed on the project tasks they will work on researching/planning their project. What propulsion system will the team use? Which are the best wheels? How would you make the car go straight? In the afternoon the students will begin to build the first versions of their cars.
Day 2 – The students will continue to work on building their cars, testing and adjusting designs where necessary. The group will also complete a poster board presentation explaining the design of the car and testing trials.
Day 3 – On the final day of the project, the students will finalize their cars and get them ready for the races! In the afternoon the younger students will gather in the gym to watch the cars race across the gym. An award ceremony will follow. Three awards are presented to recognize the prettiest looking car, the fastest car, and the car that travels the furthest distance.
Kick-off Orientation :
Saturday, February 3 - 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, February 21 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday, February 22 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday, February 23 - 8:30am - 3:30pm