PLTW Students Design, Build and Race CO2 Cars

This year marks the first year of our STEM Engineering initiative. Partnering with Project Lead the Way, we implemented a brand new course, PLTW Design, Drawing and Production (DDP) as part of an Engineering sequence. The teachers of this course, Tom Storck and Patrick Hurley, received intensive training this past summer in order to prepare them for the demands of the curriculum. With a redesigned classroom and three sections of excited students, the course has proven to be a great success this year.

As one of the units in this course, students were required to research, design, build, and test wooden CO2-powered cars. As part of this project, students first made rough sketches of their ideas, followed by full scale hand drawings which would later be done as 3D models using AutoDesk Inventor. Once their Inventor models were created, students created a parts list, an animation, a dimensioned multi-view drawing, an assembly drawing, an exploded view, and lastly a fully functioning model. Of course, these models then needed to race against each other, an activity that brought out the competitive instincts in all of the students!

Thank you to Mr. Storck for providing some of the information for the write-up and some of the photos.

You can view some of the plans for the cars here: Vani’s PlansDevin’s Plans

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