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  • Driving on Sunshine
    Students explore engineering by designing and making a solar-powered model car.

    Capture the excitement of model car racing and challenge students to learn more about engineering, electricity, and problem solving. Volunteers guide groups of 5-6 students aged 11-16 through the challenge of designing and constructing a solar-powered model car. This activity requires a small investment (approximately US$20) for electrical motors and solar panels.
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    Audience: students aged 11-16.
    This hands-on approach to learning is a powerful motivator for teaching kids about solar power, photovoltaic cells, and the engineering principles behind generating electricity from solar power.

  • ORGANIZATION/PROGRAM

    Organization Name: IBM Corporation
    Organization Street Address: n/a
    Organization City, State, Zip: Wayne, PA 19087
    Organization Phone Number: (720) 395-3899
    Short Description of Organization:

    International Business Machines Corporation (commonly referred to as IBM) is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

    Program Street Address: n/a
    Wayne
    Pennsylvania
    19087
    Program Phone Number: (720) 395-3899
    Which one best describes your organization?: For-profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Outreach - mobile (you travel to groups of students)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: No
    Accepting Mentors: Accepting Mentors

    CONTENT

    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Robotics
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply): Project-Based Learning
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes

    LOCATION AND SHARING

    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Center City
    • South Philadelphia
    • Southwest Philadelphia
    • West Philadelphia
    • Lower North Philadelphia
    • Bridesburg-Kensington-Richmond
    • Roxborough-Manayunk
    • Germantown-Chestnut Hill
    • Olney-Oak Lane
    • Near Northeast Philadelphia
    • Far Northeast Philadelphia
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Fall
    • During school

    PARTICIPANTS

    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Less than 2 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?: Multi-Racial
    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: Do not know
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Groups only
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Do not know

    FEE/FEE STRUCTURE

    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: Other

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