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The INVENTA Elastic Powered Toy Car

A concept stimulant to make a simple, low cost, working model.


Science, Technology. Recreational, amusement, materials, wheels, mechanisms, structures types of energy. The completed working model is used to provide a series of recording for an information technology data collection and presentation unit. Involves problem solving, research, mathematics, design, tools, safety, create, make and evaluation skills development.


In an effort to reduce waste contaminants caused by the manufacture and disposal of batteries, a local manufacturer of mechanical toys wishes to shift from battery powered electric to elastic powered toys. The first range to consider for change is the transport series.


Using only the materials listed below, construct a working model of a simple elastic or rubber powered car. As the focus is on the type of motive force the design should be kept simple. Steerage is not required in the first instance. However the expectation is that your toy must be able to travel under its own elastic power for a minimum distance of 6 metres and cost less than $n.00.


On completion of your model try different wheel sizes and or types to determine, by way of a results chart the most effective combination for maximum speed and stability. Engage in races against other craft to assist with the evaluation. Give it to a child for practical testing.


INVENTA Components: 1 x 300mm lengths Wood Stripping or Inventa Link Strips, 1 x 300mm length 5mm dowel, 2 x wheels suitable for driving model.
Recyclables: 1 side of Wheetabix or Kornies box, selection of rubber bands, scrap coroflute, plastic milk or drink bottle tops.
TOOLS: Pencil, Valiant vice, junior saw, glue gun, reamer drill, scissors, cordless or enclosed hand drill, 5mm drill piece, safety ruler and junior shears.

concept pictures only!

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