Advanced Sail Car Activity

Advanced Sail Car Activity

Advanced Sail Car Activity Document Downloads

Revision 1.0
Updated 12/13/2019

Harness the power of the wind - on land - and there'll be smooth sailing ahead for this incredible STEM | STEAM activity kit! Students 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!

For higher grade levels, there are optional labs on inertia, forces & motion, and momentum. The Advanced Sail Car features extra components for innovation and tinkering! For lower grade levels, a TeacherGeek tool kit is required for the initial build (but car bodies can be reused each year without tool use). Tool kits are recommended for student use in higher grades. Documents available for grades 4-12.


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Grades 4-12


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Go Guide: Give it to your students and go! This is the essential document to get students started with bridges, and it culminates in an engineering challenge. PDF MSWord

Forces & Motion Lab - PocketLab Edition: Students use a PocketLab to investigate the drag force, its correlation with sail size, and its impact on sail car velocity. Recommended for Grades 7+. PDF MSWord Answer Key
Inertia Lab - PocketLab Edition: Students use a PocketLab to investigate inertia and its impact on sail car velocity. Recommended for Grades 7+. PDF MSWord Answer Key
Atwood's Machine Lab: Students use a Half Atwood's Machine to explore Newton's 2nd Law. Recommended for Grades 9+. PDF MSWord Answer Key
Momentum Lab: Students investigate collisions and the conservation of momentum. Recommended for Grades 9+. PDF MSWord Answer Key

Crosswind Challenge: Increase the challenge over the Go Guide by moving the wind from the behind the car to the side of it. PDF MSWord
Headwind Challenge: The hardest of the challenges, students must now sail at an angle into the wind (yes – it’s possible, and the resources in the Go Guide make it achievable for all students). PDF MSWord

Classroom Overview: Coming Soon! PDF MSWord
Engineering Notebook: Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle thru the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities. Simple PDF Standard PDF
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. PDF MSWord