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In the “Solar Sprint” activity, students design, test, and race a solar-powered car built with Legos. The use of ratios is incorporated to simulate the actual work of scientists and engineers. This method encourages fourth-grade students to think about multiple variables and stimulates their curiosity when an activity doesn’t come out as predicted. This activity also integrates the study of electricity and motion into a discussion of alternative energy sources and means of transportation.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2007Stock # sc07_045_02_27Volume 045Issue 02

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