Students will explore electrical engineering and finding unit rate by building solar panel toy cars and racing them over two courses, calculating unit rate to compare speeds. Students will also explore why the angle of the solar panel makes cars go faster.
Students will become more familiar with solar panels and how they are a clean, renewable alternative to nonrenewable resources. They will also be introduced to the idea that there is a coorelation between latitude and the geometric angle of the solar panel. The panel must be adjusted accordingly for maximum efficiency. Solar Cars and Angles