Renewable energy sources are in focus as participants build a wind-powered car using straws, Lifesavers candies, paper, and paperclips, and get their car to the finish line using as few puffs of air as possible.
A take-home that can be sent with patrons that wish to do STEM activities at home. These at-home activities cover similar topic areas as the associated activity and could be handed out at the conclusion of a program or left on a circulation desk for patrons to take home.
|Hints for uses in your library||Do you have a 3D printer and design software? You can make your own reusable wheels instead of using Life Savers!|
|Related Links||NASA Rockets-to-Racecars Resources|
|Originating Source||DiscoverE (http://www.discovere.org), adapted from ZOOM, pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/puffmobile.html|
[Suggest a book]
Windmills by Charlotte Hunter
The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills by Gretchen Woelfle
Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond
I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb and Julia Gorton
Catch the Wind; Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids by Michael J Caduto
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work
Engineer Academy, by Steve Martin and Nastia Sleptsova