- Solar car name: Solar Flare
- School name: Sally Ride Elementary school
- Team member: John
- John: 4th Grade
I used the basic motor and solar panel. I had a problem with building my car though. I did not have all the parts I needed to build the car from the instructions, so I used everyday materials that I have a lot of. I used most of the instructions that were in my kit, like to make the motor and prep the other things I need.
I made the rest of the car on my own. I am proud of myself because that I made my own solar car!
- Materials I used to make my car:
- Liquid glue
- Rubber bands
- Solar panel
- A material that is like wood
- Steel axles
- Connecter wires to the motor and solar panel
The measurements of my car are:
Weight: 246 grams
Length: 10 1/2 inches
Height: lower part is 2 6/8 inches and higher part is 3 11/16 inches
My favorite part is how the solar panel is placed on the car. Three pieces of cardboard are needed to hold the panel straight up so it can have the most sunlight hit the panel. I think this is important because you do not know where the sun will be when you race on the track, unless you know the time and where the sun will be. In my opinion, it can cause problems if you talk about aerodynamics because the pieces that hold up the solar panel do not let air past them in the front and back, so this will have air pressure and the car will not go as fast.
- Trial 1: 4/18/2021, 11:30 am, cloudy, went: 33 feet or 11 yards.
- Trial 2: 4/18/2021, 11:30 am, cloudy, went: 33 feet and 21 inches or 34 feet and 9 inches.
- Trial 3: 4/18/2021, 11:50 am, no sun to make the car to go, went: 0 feet
Final Trial that happened on 4/22/21 at 3 PM with better weather conditions. At last a sunny day! The car ran 20 meters in 7 seconds! The student standing on the basketball court marks the 20 meters required for this competition. The car is released in the 2nd second, so the time of my car is officially 7 seconds after the 20 meters. Its speed was 10.3 Kilometers per hour, almost as fast as my mom’s car! 🙂
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