Division: JSS Green (4-6)
School: NSU University School Team Size: 2

The Lightning Sharks


Team Information

Blue Marshmallow Lightning
Car Name: Blue Marshmallow Lightning
Team Name: The Lightning Sharks
School Name: NSU University School
Team Members Names: Hannah L. and Jack R.

Design Documentation

Top View without Solar Panel
Side View
Side View
Back View
Front View

Project Log

DateHoursTasks WorkedObstacles EncounteredModifications to Car
9/81Solar car video, looked at materials, sketched my car. 
9/151Picked out materials and cut my base. sanded base. Hard to cut base  
9/221Painted base.Couldn’t work on car after I painted. Color of car base
9/291Cut a hole in the body of the car for the gears.  
10/61Hammered the wheels 
10/201Glued wheels on to base and put rubber bands on wheels Wheels were glued on to base. 
10/271Worked on motor and circuits.
11/31Worked on motor and motor gear and put it on car. motor and circuits
11/171Replaced motor  Car crashed so had to re attach motor
12/11Put on binder ringBinder ring
12/81Worked on the supports for my solar panels. panel supports
12/151Was testing the car and I dropped it.Dropped it and it broke
1/121Worked on placement of motorMotor metal tab broke so had to replace the motormotor (again)
1/191Ran the car and tested my car
1/261made sure my car went straight and was ready
4/61Ran my solar car
4/201ran my solar car and fixed my motor that fell offmotor fell off motor (AGAIN)
4/23.5Ran my car to make sure it ran OK

Design Drawings

Design Drawing: Top View
Design Drawing: Side View

Finished Car Specifications

Car Size with PanelLength: 31cmWidth: 13 cmHeight:7 cm
Weight with Panel289 g
Wheel sizeFront wheels: 4 cmBack wheels: 4 cm
Gear Ratiomotor gear: axle gear
10 : 56 =
5 : 28

Materials Used

Approx. Cost
New:
Pitsco Ray Catcher solar panel, , small white gear38.25
motor5.25
wheels, tires, an axles, axel gears – Solar Made accessory bag3.99
balsa wood2.31
spacers for bearings (4)0.26
battery pack with switch3.85
piece of black binder for eyelet0.07
alligator clips (2)0,14
Consumables:
masking tape
hot glue
solder
Recycled:
piece of pool noodle
pipe cleaners

Test Results / Trial Runs

Test Runs 1 – date: 4/6/2022
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
When the sun was out we ran on panel.

Observations of results: My car ran straight and fast.
Any recommendations for improvements:
AttemptTime, sDistance, mSpeed, m/s
1 – panel6.0714.52.39
2 – panel5.8014.52.50
3 – panel5.6014.52.59

Test Runs 2 – date: 4/20/2022
Weather conditions: partly cloudy
We ran on solar panel

Observations of results: My car wheel came off.
Any recommendations for improvements:
AttemptTime, sDistance, mSpeed, m/s
1 – panel7.19202.78
2 – panel6.50203.08

Test Runs 3 – date: 4/23/2022
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Ran on battery

Observations of results: My car ran well
Any recommendations for improvements:
AttemptTime, sDistance, mSpeed, m/s
1 – battery7.56202.65
2 – battery7.40202.70
3 – battery7.00202.86

Vehicle Features Video


Additional Information

This is what I thought my solar car would look like when I first started

One thought on “The Lightning Sharks

  • April 27, 2022 at 11:50 am
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    I am glad to see that you kept at it. Things are not always going to work perfectly the first time and you kept going and your hard work paid off!

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