Our students in Year 5 (9 years old) have been doing a unit of inquiry around energy, electricity, and circuits. As part of this I thought it might be nice to give them an opportunity to use some, and extend, some of their CAD and 3D printing skills to create electric cars for a drag race.
The brief was quite straight forward, students would start by designing their cars in TinkerCAD as a complete object. They would then break apart the design to turn it into a ‘kit’ that they could then print and assemble. Once assembled the students added a drone motor, rotor blade, switch and battery connector. This was the first time I’ve done soldering with students this age, all went great!
It was great fun for everyone and the students learned a lot about car design, axles, wheel movement, circuits and a ton of CAD and electronics skills. We will definitely do something similar again next year.