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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.
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/PROGRAMOrganization Name: IBM CorporationOrganization Street Address: n/aOrganization City, State, Zip: Wayne, PA 19087Organization Phone Number: (720) 395-3899Short 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
19087Program Phone Number: (720) 395-3899Which one best describes your organization?: For-profitWhich one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: NoAccepting Mentors: No
CONTENTIs STEM the "core" of your program?: YesWhich type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply): Project-Based LearningDoes your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes
- Computer Science
LOCATION AND SHARINGWhere is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
- Center City
- South Philadelphia
- Southwest Philadelphia
- West Philadelphia
- Lower North Philadelphia
- Germantown-Chestnut Hill
- Olney-Oak Lane
- Near Northeast Philadelphia
- Far Northeast Philadelphia
- During school
PARTICIPANTSHow many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individualsHow 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 weekWhich ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): 9th -12th gradeWhich gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?: Multi-RacialWhat percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: Do not knowWho can participate in your STEM program?: Groups onlyCan your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Do not know
- Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
FEE/FEE STRUCTUREDo participants need to pay for your STEM program?: NoIs transportation to and from your program provided?: Other