What could be cooler than tooling around the Chesapeake Bay without polluting or spending money on fuel?
What do you say we design and build a solar powered speedboad?
To meet the requirements of this challenge you must design, construct, and test a prototype that uses a solar panel as the power source. The prototye will be tested by participating in a series of races.
- Define the Problem
- Review these rules and write a synopsis in your engineer's notebook.
- Review the criteria and constraints and copy them into your notebook.
- Ask questions for clarification as needed.
Develop a Solution—sketch the final design in your engineer's notebook. Show it to the teacher for approval. What motor will you use? What propeller? A monohull? Catamaran? Trimaran? How will you hold the solar panel?
Construct and Test a Prototype
- Brainstorm ideas.
- Research the topic using available resources.
- Sketch possible solutions.
- Decide on a solution to develop further.
Evaluate the Solution—compare your performance to other teams in the class. Decide on ways to improve your device.
Present the Solution—provide a written report in the informational report format or an oral report. Alternatively, produce a 60 second video commercial for your product.
- Construct the device out of approved materials.
- Test the device by participating in a double elimination tournament.
- Race your boat in a double elimination tournament. Each heat of the race will be against one other boat.The race course is a 12 foot long water tank that is 24 inches wide and will be filled with at least 3 inches of water.
- Your performance score will be 21 minus your best standing in either side of the brackets.
- Your product will be evaluated for quality of design and contruction for 20 points.
- Your oral, written, or video report will be evaluated for content, organization, style, and presentation for 10 points.
- This is an activity for teams of 1 or 2 students.
- The boat must be at least 12 inches long and not more than 24 inches long.
- The boat must have a minumum beam of 5 inches and the maximum allowed beam is 10 inches.
- The boat must be powered by one Ray Catcher Solar Panel which is about 10 ½ inches by 5 inches.
- The boat must be able to support the solar panel in a way that lets it be readily removed and replaced to be used by another team.
- The boat may use any combination of motors and propellers, but the power can only be provided by the one solar panel.
- Teams that cannot make the starting line within three minutes of being called will be eliminated from that race.
Last updated on 3 April 2017