Propeller car, School years 7-9
Your students will get to know the principles of dynamics by making this vehicle and testing it on the Power Anchor. There is plenty of testing, measuring and recording results so that an understanding of speed, acceleration thrust, drag and terminal velocity is built up. Nothing beats seeing these principles in action. Construction of the Helicar is simple. The classroom video also explains how a hot wire cutter, CNC router and vacuum former can be put to good use in this project.
This project is rich in engineering content, backed up with a full set of teaching resources including student notes and teacher notes plus classroom video with demonstrations plus all the consumables to run the project with confidence. The teacher notes include a tutorial on designing on CAD for CNC machining.
What you need:
- Teaching resource
- Motors with propellers
- Plane connectors
- Motor cables
Software for PC. Download the software and run the file PADLapp.exe. Save a shortcut to your desktop.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO TEACHERS
The Hyperlink in the ‘Helicar Student Notes’ to the James May Video – ‘Come Fly with Me’, has been moved to the following page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfwn4_W6x9A