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Electric Vehicle Design Challenge!

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5aa962929744c Clay model by Brian H. (Earlville)

Clay model by Brian H. (Earlville)

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5aa962929744c Design sketch by Alex V. (Earlville)

Design sketch by Alex V. (Earlville)

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5aa962929744c Design sketch by Brad V. (Somonauk)

Design sketch by Brad V. (Somonauk)

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5aa962929744c Clay model by Eric D. (Leland)

Clay model by Eric D. (Leland)

As a reward for their hard work in the classroom, students in Applied Math were rewarded with a two-week, hands-on modeling project. Students designed their own “electric” vehicle, as they decided on important characteristics on how it would run.


Students began by researching industry standards related to electric cars and then transitioned into drawing sketches of their vehicles. When all the pre-work was complete, students were given clay to model their vehicle. The models turned out great! 


When the designs and models were complete, students calculated various forces related to how their car would move, as well as the scale the model was created at. While this activity was very fun for the students to do, it was also rich with mathematical content. This fun activity related math to the real world, which has become the cornerstone of the Applied Math class! 



The following are reactions from the students after they completed this project:


The best activity we’ve done is the electric cars. I liked it because we used math that’s actually useful in life.” - Brad V.


"I liked the clay cars. I like hands-on stuff." - Trenton C.


The clay model project was cool. Just designing the car was the best.” - Brian H.


It was hands-on!” - Jimmy R.

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