Abhay, 4th grade Digital Learner @ Buck Lake
Hello, my name is Abhay, and I am in 4th grade. This is me and my solar car – The Flash.
Let me tell you about my solar car. Here is the design process.
How would you make a fast, sturdy, innovative, and safe car that works on solar energy?
Below are pictures of my design.
I planned out my car by seeing different types of toy cars to see what I should design my solar car.
Building and testing out the car – to see if there are can be any improvements.
Correcting any mistakes – to protect the passenger from harm. To make the car safe and sturdy, able to change the direction of the solar panel, to secure the solar panel with cello tape, balancing the weight by adjusting the motor’s position. I also kept the weight on the solar car low so that it will be fast and steady. I also added a name tag made from foam which acts as a bumper.
Showing – telling my friends, classmates, and family about my solar Car
About my team and my solar car
I am in a group of one so I did it all by myself (with a little help from my dad). Here is the process the car goes through to move.
First, the solar panel in my solar car takes the light energy and converts it into electrical energy.
Then, the electricity powers the electric motor. Lastly, the electric motor converts the electric energy into mechanical energy, which is used to rotate two 1-inch gears. The gears are connected to the metal axels to which back wheels of the cars are attached. When the wheels rotate and push the car forward.
My solar car took 15 seconds to go 30 feet.
Materials used for solar car
I have used Balsa wood, 3V photovoltaic panel, motor, steel axles, wires, alligator clips, two 1″ gear, wooden rod, plastic wire, cello tape, legos to build my solar car.
Pictures of my solar car
Dimensions of my solar car
Length – 29.21 centimeters
Width – 11.43 centimeters
Height – 10.16 centimeters