High-speed and/or fuel efficient car design is a complicated and difficult job. It requires engineers and scientists, who are experts in their particular areas of study and practice. These professionals must balance many factors when designing cars, such as a car’s aerodynamics, its weight, its cost, its ability to handle corners, its acceleration and so on. This takes an enormous amount of planning, calculation, and designing prototypes to come up with a successful car design.
- Students will design and prototype, test, and iterate on a device they’ve created to solve a real-world problem.
For this design challenge, students will analyze data from their prototype cars to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success (MS-ETS1-3). Students will develop a prototype car to generate data for iterative testing and modify the prototype such that an optimal design can be achieved(MS-ETS1-4).