***CLARIFICATION*** Even if you don't have a 3D printer, you can do this activity with styrofoam, cardboard, old shoes... Just giving some ideas.
The first design was far from good. I just tossed something together, much like students would do in a classroom project. It could have worked, but it wasn't awesome. I needed awesome.
3D Printed Race Car Derby
- Students would design their own car within a set of constraints formed by the teacher
- My design was 40mmx80mmx40mm and it's big enough
- Students would be required to have a car with working wheels
- Mine uses 3/32" aluminum rods as axles
- Students would then race their vehicles on a course designed by the teacher or, better yet, the students themselves
- The race car needs to hold a LEGO Minifig the entire time in order for the team to remain qualified
- Fastest car, best throught he bracket, or whatever you decide, WINS!
Thinking of ways to end the year can be so much more than a PowerPoint project or making a poster littered with glitter (PLEASE NO!).
This year, how about letting your students design their own car and challenging them to a race?
If you would like the full lesson plan (or even the .STL file for the truck and the undercarriage, please shoot me a message on twitter or drop a request in the comments. It's free.