Advanced Sail Car - 10 Pack
- Grades: K-12
- Number of Students: 10-20 (1-2 per Sail Car)
- Number of Lessons: N/A
- Contact Hours: N/A
- Additional Resources: Go Guide, Engineering Notebook, STEAM Market-It Challenge
Harness the power of the wind - on land - and there'll be smooth sailing ahead for this incredible STEM | STEAM activity kit! Kids are empowered to quickly experiment with ease, testing and re-adjusting their sail’s shape, angle and pitch. Watch as they work through the engineering & design process, designing their sail cars for speed, distance or even to ferry school supplies across the room! Change wind conditions to increase the challenge, or choose from the 10 labs designed to investigate the science behind the sail car.
The Advanced Sail Car features extra components for innovation and tinkering! Add tools to the advanced kit for even more innovation. Documents available for grades Pre-K - 12.
The following tools are highly recommended by TeacherGeek in order to help build this kit. A screwdriver will be required, but everything else is optional.
- Screwdriver 10 Pack
- Slip Joint Plier 10 Pack
- Multi-cutter 10 Pack
- Reamer 10 Pack
- Mini Hammer 10 Pack
NOTE: Please see Go Guide for more info on required tools.
How far can you make your sail car go? Pick different rules, limits, and constraints depending on how challenging you want to make it for your class.
Experiment with your car and sails. See what the effect of different sized sails, cars, and wheels have on your sail car's performance.
Learn about the history and mechanics of ancient vessels, and try to recreate them.
Bonus STEAM Market-It Challenge
Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
TeacherGeek products fit proposals, grants or lesson plans with ease! Explore more resources below:
Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download
International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download
- (40) #10 25mm Screws
- (40) Connector Strips
- (40) Dowels - 30 cm (12 in)
- (20) Dowels - 15 cm (6 in)
- (20) Dowels - 13 cm (5 in)
- (30) Dowels - 10 cm (4 in)
- (40) Dowels - 8 cm (3 in)
- (20) Hole Plates
- (50) Perpendicular Blocks
- (10) Slide Stops - 8cm (3 in)
- (40) Tire Rubber Bands
- (40) Wheels
Items needed but NOT included:
- Fan (to create wind)
- Paper (sail material)
- Recycling Bin Materials (to make more creative sails)
NOTE: Please see Go Guide for more info on required tools/materials.
Additional Information and Resources:
Special Notes and Considerations:
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.