PocketLab HotRod

Item # 94-1050

Arbor Scientific



In Stock
Engage your students while teaching force, motion, energy, and more with the PocketLab HotRod!
The PocketLab HotRod may be small but is jam-packed with physics. It is designed to be used with our PocketLab Voyager (Item #P4-1000). Simply attach the PocketLab Voyager into the top slot of the PocketLab HotRod and teach lessons on force, motion, energy, and more!

Please note: PocketLab HotRod color may vary.

  1. Press the ball bearings onto the HotRod axles.
  2. Place the adhesive Velcro dots on the solid HotRod bumper.
  3. Place the hook Velcro dot on the top circular indent of the solid bumper.
  4. Place the loop Velcro dot on the bottom circular indent of the solid bumper.
  5. That way if you set up two HotRods to collide, the Velcro dots will match up in opposite pairs and stick together.

Hook and loop Velcro dot location on PocketLab HotRod.

How to use the HotRod

  1. Place a PocketLab Voyager sensor in the center slot of the HotRod.
  2. The HotRod fits in a standard HotWheels track or can roll along any other surface.

How to Collect Data

Rangefinder: You can measure the position and velocity of the HotRod. Place a large flat surface like a wall or textbook in the line-of-sight of the sensor, so that the sensor can measure it’s relative position to the object.

Rangefinder Beam on the PocketLab HotRod

Acceleration: You can use the acceleration function to measure motion and related forces. For example, you can measure the acceleration and force of a collision as the HotRod hits a crash barrier.

Acceleration on the PocketLab HotRod.

Magnetic Field: You can set up magnetic timing gates to measure the time interval it takes for the HotRod to travel over a known distance. You can use this setup to analyze a roller coaster or conduct races like a Pinewood Derby.

Magnetic field setup for the PocketLab HotRod

Products being sold are not toys. They are for Educational / Labratory use only. They are not for use by children 12 and under.

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What’s Included

  • 1 3D Printed Frame
  • 2 Styles of Bumpers
  • 4 Ball-Bearing Wheels
  • 2 Pairs of Velcro Dots
  • 1 Getting Started Guide