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Engineering Race Cars using LEGO®
Field Trips Outreach Virtual with Hands-on Kits

Engineering Race Cars using LEGO®

Participants are guided to use their creativity, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills to design a vehicle that will travel the furthest distance.

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Participants are divided into teams of 3 to 4.  Teams are challenged to design and build a vehicle using  LEGO® pieces  to travel the greatest distance using only gravity to propel it.  Participants begin by considering the properties of the wheel and axel options present.  They then build a vehicle and test it, evaluate, discuss and make modifications to retest.

Details:

  • This program is available to visitors Kindergarten and up
  • This program is available by appointment only
Field Trip
At SEE
$10 per student
  • One hour program with SEE instructor followed by half an hour of explore time in the SEE Science Center.
  • Min 15, Max 32 students.
  • Safety protocols and procedures are in place, and SEE is operating at a limited capacity.
  • Larger groups may want to consider combining their visit with a second program. Call us to discuss options.
Outreach
Program
$10 per student
  • SEE instructor comes to your location for a one hour program. Student materials will be provided for each student to use during the program.
  • Min 15, Max 35 students.
  • Additional charge of $0.55 per mile.
  • Limited to a 30 mile radius of the SEE Science Center. Red zone exclusions may apply.
Virtual Kit Program
$8 per student
  • A SEE instructor will join your group via video conferencing. Kits will be sent for each student to use for the program in advance. Kits must be returned after the program.
  • Min 15, Max 35 students.
  • Limited to within 30 miles of the SEE Science Center.

Connections:

Participants are introduced to the engineering process in a manner appropriate to their grade level.  They are encouraged to discuss and plan before creating their vehicle.  Participants evaluate their tests to determine if their modifications improved or diminished their results.  They work together to determine next steps to improve performance.  The facilitator helps students advance with consideration of shape and weight distribution in their design.  (NGSS ETS1.B &NGSS ETS1.C)  Participants are able to successfully achieve improved performance in the course of the program.

Notes:

In this program, the facilitator guides the students to conduct the activity for themselves without assistance from the chaperones.

For younger students, smaller group size is preferable.