Basics of Designing and Building a Model Race Car

Using a continuous feedback loop of: Ask -> Imagine -> Plan -> Build -> Test and Evaluate, students will learn the steps necessary to successfully build a working model solar vehicle. This information will be extremely important as they move through the stages of building their Solar Sprint cars and developing not only a working vehicle but one that might win the races.

Following the informative lesson, students will participate in a building exercise that will engage them in the building and design of shapes that could help them improve the overall strength of their vehicles without sacrificing added weight.

Utilizing simply designed balloon powered cars with different race line attachments students will have the opportunity to experiment with different set-ups to find one that would work well with the design of their vehicle.


Lesson Downloads

Curriculum Standards

Health & Physical Education

  • 2.1.8.A.3
  • 2.2.8.A.2
  • 2.2.8.B.2
  • 2.2.8.C.1


  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4
  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7
  • CCSS.Math.Content.6.NS.B.3
  • CCSS.Math.Content.6.G.A.4
  • CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.B.[1&6]
  • CCSS.Math.Content.8.G.B.7


  • 5.2.6.E.3
  • 5.1.8.A.2
  • 5.1.8.B.[1&2]
  • 5.1.8.D.[1-3]


  • 8.2.8.B.[1-3]
  • 8.2.8.E.1
  • 8.2.8.F.1

Life & Career Skills

  • 9.1.8.A.1
  • 9.1.8.A.4
  • 9.1.8.B.1
  • 9.1.8.C.[1-3]

Visual Arts

  • 1.3.8.D.1

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