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Wooden Car Kit NGSS

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The potential energy of stretched elastic is converted into kinetic energy of motion.

Washers for Wooden Car Kit

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Test your wooden car with yet another variable! These washers enable your students to tackle 'weightier' experiments. Pack of 8.

Description

This wooden car is powered by an elastic band. When the potential energy of the stretched elastic is converted into kinetic energy of motion, the car will travel about three meters (10 feet). Students can experiment by varying the method of winding the elastic, the number of turns, and the type of surface used. It is easy to assemble. Wood glue not included. The car measures 6.375" long, 1.5" high by 2.75" wide in the front, and 2" high by 3.125" wide in the back.

Test your wooden car with yet another variable! The Washers for Wooden Car Kit enable your students to tackle "weightier" experiments. Pack of 8.

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Lesson Idea

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Please note: Wooden parts can expand or shrink depending on temperature, humidity and other factors. It may be necessary to sand down dowels and other parts to improve fit.

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These cars are sturdy, and well designed. The design allows for kids to explore ways in which the distance traveled by the car can be improved: 1) better alignment of front axles, 2) lubrication of the axles, 3) number of bands, etc. Great product.
Penelope

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Terrific!
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I order these cars every year for my camp, and the kids just love them! They are perfect for demonstrating dependent and independent variables, and they are easy enough for the kids to assemble and decorate themselves. I give these cars two thumbs up!
Sam

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Not so hot
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Oct 22, 2014
This car was not such a hot buy. I was hoping to use it as a demo for my class and get the students to get the kit and make them but it didnt work very smoothly and it didnt go very far. Not worth the money
jasmin

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Poor Craftsmanship
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I ordered the Wooden Car Kits on the recommendation of a fellow teacher, but I was disappointed by them. It comes disassembled (as can be expected). However, the parts are not machined uniformly so the instructions require you to sand some parts and glue others in order to get the car to work. If you are not practiced at it, you can easily end up with a useless wooden car. I mixed and matched parts from 6 different kits, and still had a hard time getting consistent performance from these cars.
Noah Goldman
Owner Response: Noah, I do apologize for this. We never receive complaints on the craftsmanship of this product, so I am very surprised that you had any difficulty. Someone from our customer service department will be in touch, and we will send you a replacement for your car kits.

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NGSS

This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as shown in the table below.

Elementary Middle School High School

4-PS3-4

Using this car, students can apply scientific ideas to design, test, and redefine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

MS-PS3-2
MS-PS3-4
MS-PS3-5

Using this car, students can develop an investigation and model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance change, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

HS-PS3-3

Students can use this car to design, build, and redefine a devise that works with given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.

Suggested Science Idea(s)

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4-PS3-2
MS-PS3-2
MS-PS3-4
HS-PS3-3

Students use the cars to perform experiments. Make observations to produce data to serve as the basis for an explanation.

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