The OneCar is Arbor Scientific's answer to the various needs of STEM Educators. It is an open-ended, creativity-driven approach to science teaching that addresses cross-cutting concepts and offers an opportunity for tinkering and design.
Powering Imagination and Creativity OneCar at a Time
The kit itself is jam-packed with 8 sets of experiment options, enough for large classes and extras for spare parts. A typical starter lab would be building the battery-powered motor car.
This might be used for speed and acceleration experiments. But the possibilities expand rapidly as more options are introduced. The OneCar offers 8 ready to go experiment options. These can be extended and combined in creative ways to allow for the open-ended labs that STEM teachers have been searching for.
For example, the motor can be used to drive a fan or be powered by a rechargeable capacitor. The lessons can go beyond physics or include chemistry lessons such as air pressure and electrochemistry or even acid-base reactions. Perfect for Physical Sciences courses. There is more too. The Potential energy in a rubber band lab or the classic mousetrap car can be readily created using this kit.
You can also build a solar-powered car. Challenge your students to discover what can be done to optimize its traveling speed? Face it south? Angle the collar panel? Use a mirror to reflect the sunlight?
All of these options can be mixed and matched. That is the whole idea of open-ended inquiry education. The gives students many opportunities to be creative in solving engineering challenges. Many of the images come from videos on our website: