Did you know that real scientists and engineers destroy cars on purpose to learn how safe they would be in a crash? It's true!
Now it's your turn to create and crash a DIY car! The goal is to keep a plastic egg safely seated inside, and prevent its head from touching the ground in the event of a rollover accident.
Supply List (specialty materials can be found on Amazon)
All STEM Inventions project share the same set of materials
(Up to 40) craft sticks
(Up to 10) 1/2” craft cubes
(2) 1/8” dowel
(4) Small plastic project wheels
(1) 2oz Plastic cup
Hot glue gun
Any other materials you wish to add. Restricting materials makes the project more challenging. Adding materials - especially soft things - will make the challenge easier.
This is a completely open-ended project. There's no right way to build it, but be sure to limit key materials like cups and rubber bands to encourage creative solutions!
STEM Inventions is a project by me, Lance Akiyama. Since 2011, I've developed original science and engineering activities, starting with an after school business that I founded and operated until 2015. I've held a full-time role as the Science Curriculum Manager at Galileo Learning, where I created design thinking-based lessons and pet robots. I'm a long-time contributor to Instructables.com, and I've published four DIY project books with Rockport Publishers. STEM Inventions projects were developed in after school classes and summer camps over several years. All projects use the same set of just 20 different materials and 2 tools to make supply purchasing and management easier.