STEM Racer

Product Code: 4501
Exclusive to Kitronik
Key Stage 3

Quick Overview

The super capacitor buggy involves a short activity in which students investigate and make design decisions, which affect the distance travelled by a model.

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The super capacitor racer is a fun but serious STEM learning resource. It involves a short activity in which students investigate and make design decisions, which affect the distance travelled by a model racer.

The racer is designed for bench top use and can travel 1m - 10m on a full charge. The range depends on the efficiency decisions and actions students make. Charging takes one minute using a USB lead connected to a PC.

Click here to download the scheme of work and other teaching resources for this kit

This kit requires assembly, including soldering.

Click here to download the build instructionspdf_icon.gif

Kit contents:

  • Laser cut Perspex racer chassis (pre cut, no need for laser cutter).
  • All the pulleys, wheels, axles and motor required to complete the racer.
  • A super capacitor charge control board that can be charged from the USB port of a computer. This is then used to power the racer.

The STEM racer has been developed by A. Cooper and H. Johnson in Partnership with Kitronik and the Design and Technology Association

Questions:

Posted by Crakkers, Friday, 11 April 2014 on product STEM Racer

Question:

If the capacitor kit costs ?5.45, why is this priced at ?35? It appears to be a lot for perspex and wheels?

Answers:

  • Posted by Matt Macleod on Friday, 11 April 2014
    A large amount of the cost is due to royalties we have to pay on the design. There's also a few other components for the axles, drive belt, axle fittings and such which we only buy in for this project kit, making them quite pricey. If you want to save on cost you could design your own based on the capacitor kit. We sell a few different motors, I'd recommend the low inertia motor if you are designing for maximum distance. We also sell perspex and plywood, if you have access to a laser cutter or something similar you could make the chassis out of that.

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