Unit Rate through Solar Cars

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.

No prior knowledge needed.  Intended to introduce the concept of unit rate to students.  1-2 days depending on how you chose to allow students to construct their solar cars. Lesson is intended as a Project Based Learning opportunity allowing students time to explore and make mistakes engineering their cars.

Solar Cars