To make cars that sell well car manufacturers use design engineers to make exciting differences between car models. Despite this cars many share common components: the chassis, engine, gearbox and floor pan; and even simpler items such as switches and instruments.
Each manufacturer designs its own distinctive bodywork and following this industry practice, the children build a model car with a common chassis, wheels and electric motor.
The children can later design and make their own special bodywork, converting them to cars, trucks or vans, limited only by their imagination.
Adaptations allow extra design during our session adding in a pnuematically operated dumper truck front bucket using two syringes connected with a length of plastics or rubberised tubing.
session concentrates on
QCA D & T unit 6D linking it
to Science and Mathematics
for a half day session with your class
- A set
of models (normally one between two pupils)
books for pupils’ use - Ideas for extending the session afterwards,
incorporating elements of the National Curriculum in Science and Mathematics
list of spares together with a supplier’s address from whom the school can
to protect your desks / tables
pre-packed kits for your pupils
- Simple hand tools