How to design a solar car?
Solar Team Eindhoven is a TU/e student team. In this workshop, your class will start working on the designing process of a solar car. They go through the entire designing process: from brainstorming to the competition. They learn what the biggest challenges are while designing the car’s surface. This is done in teams, because together you can accomplish more.
The workshop is divided into several project phases. A short video is recorded for each phase, with some extra tips from the Solar Team.
- Brainstorming: generate ideas on which concept the team will elaborate on
- Designing: think of designs for the solar car’s surface
- Production and test phase: building the solar cars and testing if they work with direct sunlight
- Competition: A short race to see which car would work the best. The students will also make a poster presentation to present their ideas to two Solar Team members.
This workshop is for
|A minimum of 20 students|
|Free of charge|
|3 class periods, divided into 2 parts (a longer version is possible too)|
|Technical drawing is desirable|
The workshop is completely elaborated on in detail, with short instruction videos per phase. You receive construction boxes at school for part 1 (phase 1 to 3). The substantive explanation, created by the Solar Team, is digitally available – thus plug-and-play! During part 1, you as a teacher will be more of a coach. During part 2, at the TU/e campus, the students will receive feedback from Solar Team members. As a teacher, you’re present for support, but there’re also plenty of opportunities to get inspired by your students’ work.