Get Your Kids to Build a Mini EV Solar Car for Science Week

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Get your kids to build a Mini EV Solar Car as part of Science Week which runs from 15 – 23 August 2020. They can design and build their own mini Electric Vehicle (EV) from a $5 kit for prizes totalling $200.

The EV Fest has now run for nine consecutive years by the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub and is a fun event for local schools. It is a project-based activity to promote STEM education in a fun and competitive way to local primary and high schools. However, this year with COVID-19, the competition will be virtual instead of in person.

Households can join the virtual competition by purchasing a ticket for a kit either for pickup from Suite 3D1, 45 Hunter Street, Newcastle or from East Maitland for $5 plus booking fee or have it sent to you for $15 including postage plus booking fee.

With the kit, they can then build the electric vehicle at home – family input is encouraged. You can find support on how to build the vehicle via online videos and instructions on the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub website.

There are only 100 kits available at this greatly subsidised price go get in quick.

Entry Submission:

  • Register and order your Mini EV Solar Car Kit
  • Design and build your Mini Electric Vehicle Solar Car (family input is encouraged).
    • Notice that the car can be powered either by the solar cell or by the battery
  • Tether it to a post with a 2 – 3 metre string, measure and record the length of the string.
  • Mark a start line and record the time to complete five laps.
  • Record your measurements in an appropriate scientific format.
  • Compare the results of using solar power or battery power.
  • After trialling your Mini EV Solar Car make modifications to your vehicle that would potentially improve your performance (make your vehicle faster).
  • Re-test your car and record your results.
  • Explain what modifications you made and how they affected your results.
  • Submit a video or photo of your Mini EV along with record of measurements and modification discussion.
  • Entries close midnight Wednesday 12 August

For more information, visit the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub website.

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