STEM Design and Technology
Mr P Morrison
Year 9 STEM Diploma
Boys will design and build a vehicle to compete in two challenges. The vehicle will be powered by a pulley system where a set weight falls to the ground and turns the driving wheels. They will be limited by material and costs, and will have to use their understanding of maths, mechanisms and materials to achieve their goal.
Distance – The vehicle to travel over the greatest distance wins
Speed – The vehicle with the fastest acceleration wins
Process: (7 weeks)
- Weeks 1&2 – Design a system that will make the most of energy provided by the falling weight in order to power their vehicles along.
- Week 3 – Keeping within a set budget, select materials that will help increase performance.
- Weeks 4–6 – Build final design.
- Week 7 – Race!