Powering Imagination and Creativity OneCar at a Time

Powering Imagination and Creativity OneCar at a Time


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.

Pictured here is one of the eight OneCar Packets which comes in every kit. Each can be used to construct eight different cars. Students can be creative.

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.

A motor in its housing slides into the chassis. These cars can be assembled and disassembled each class period.

This might be used for speed and acceleration experiments. But the options 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.

The rubber band-powered car can be used to investigate potential energy.

The mousetrap car is a classic lab in physics used to teach energy and simple machines. Adding a lever arm and CDs for wheels is a common innovation.

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?

A solar powered car can be created and manipulated to optimize its efficiency. The solar panel can be either connected directly to the motor or, in this case, used to charge up one of the supercapacitors. Note how the solar panel is angled to be perpendicular to the sun, just like solar panels on rooftops.

All of these options can be mixed and matched. That is the whole idea of open-ended inquiry education. The OneCar gives students many opportunities to be creative in solving engineering challenges. Many of the above images come from videos on our website: ArborSci.com/OneCar.   Take a look and see how fun and easy it is to build these designs.


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