Sail Car Activity

$6.00

10 Pack SKU: 1824-67

Single SKU: 1824-77

Design and engineer a vehicle that is propelled by the wind. This activity is perfect for early elementary. The Sail Car design allows students to quickly and easily experiment with sail shape, angle, and placement. 

Engineer a Sail Car that can go the furthest distance, travel the fastest, or carry the most weight. Start 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 challenge.

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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.

Make It Your Own: The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format. If you wish to edit a document, simply download the Microsoft Word format.

For Fun

Sail Car Just for Fun (JFF) Build Guide

Download the JFF Build Guide

This is an example construction guide for a basic Sail Car. At the end of the guide, it is encouraged to play, tinker and improve the Sail Car. Move on to the labs in the LS Build Guide and Labs document for deeper understanding or challenge yourself with the Sail Car Engineering Challenges.

Sail Car JFF Build Guide - PDF
Sail Car JFF Build Guide - Editable Word Document


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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.

Sail Car Engineering Challenge - PDF
Sail Car Engineering Challenge - Editable Word Document

 

In School

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Download the Overview

Brief overview about the TeacherGeek Sail Car documents, activity procedure, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.

Sail Car Overview - PDF
Sail Car Overview - Editable Word Document

 

 


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Download the LS Build Guide and 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.

Sail Car LS Build Guide and Labs - PDF
Sail Car LS Build Guide and Labs - Editable Word Document

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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.

Sail Car Engineering Challenge - PDF
Sail Car Engineering Challenge - Editable Word Document

 

Other useful resources:

Sail Car Educational Goals

  • Utilize the Design Engineering Process
  • Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Learn about push and pull forces, wind, and sail design.
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve you own unique racer)

Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards:

Forces & Interactions

  • K-PS2-1: Plan & conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes & pulls on the motion of an object.
  • K-PS2-2: Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.

Engineering Design

  • K-2-ETS1-1: Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
  • K-2-ETS1-2: Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?

Process

Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool

Cutting

Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.

Multi-Cutter

Saw, Pruning Shears

Reaming

Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).

Reamer

#3 Drill Bit and Drill

Screwing

Tighten and loosen screws

Screwdriver

None

Hammering and Tapping

Tap components thru holes easier with this stubby claw hammer.

Hammer (Optional) 

None

Sets of tools can be found here.
 

Make your Sail Car even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Sail Car Components

What's in the Sail Car Activity?

Component: 10pk Quantity: Single Quantity:
1" Screws 40 4
3" Slide Stop Material 10 1
12" Dowels 40 4
Hole Plate 20 2
Wheel Hubs 40 4

 

This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 6 and above with adult supervision. 

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet