Sail Car Activity Documents
Sail Car Activity Document Downloads
A quick overview document guides you through this early elementary STEM activity. Start the activity by building the car base. Learn about forces and motion by completing the optional Sail Car Labs. Then, design and build your own Sail Car to compete in a Engineering Challenge.
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The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format.
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In the Classroom
Download the Overview
Brief overview about the TeacherGeek Sail Car documents, activity procedure, education standards alignment, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.
Download the Sail Car Build Guide & Labs
During this step you will create the body of the Sail Car (the part of the car with wheels, that the sail mounts to). It is recommended that this step is done by an adult, but it is possible for children to complete this step with the adult assistance/supervision. The cars can be kept together (for another class/student), or taken apart at the end of the activity.
This is the basic construction guide for the Sail Car body and masts. After the body is finished, students will continue their understanding and build in the Push-Pull Lab and the Wind Lab.
Download the Engineering Challenge
What do you need to know about an engineering challenge? First… you are never done. Every design can be improved, so students should be working on improving their Sail Car until the very last available second.
Design, build, test and evolve different sail configurations during these engineering challenges. Experiment with things like sail shape, material and area.
Download the TeacherGeek 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.
Other useful resources:
Science & Math Standards
Common Core Math Standards
Measurement & Data - Kindergarten , Grade 1 , Grade 2 , Grade 3 , Grade 4 , Grade 5
Statistics & Probability: Interpreting Categorical & Quantitative Data - Grade 6 , Grade 7 , Grade 8