Go Kart Science and Technology

The Hardware Store Science experiments are one part of the larger Motorsports STEM (M-STEM) program.  In addition to the Hardware Store Science experiments that are supported by this web site, there are two additional components to the M-STEM program:

  • Go Kart Science and Technology
  • evGrand Prix Educational Program 

Go Kart Science are activities where students can apply the physical science concepts that they have learned via Hardware Store Science to an electric go-kart that they have designed and built.  There are a series of educational modules that can be used either in the classroom or as an after school project that make science come alive via a real world device.  For a more complete discussion see Go Kart Science and Technology in Educational Materials.

Hardware Store Science

  • In-classroom projects: Hands-on, inquiry experiments
  • Student teams build their own experimental test apparatus

Beam Bending Experiment

Go Kart Science & Technology

  • Go Kart Science
    connects underlying physics principals to the go kart
  • Technology
    • Technical drawing
    • Mechanical systems
    • Electrical systems
    • Etc.
  • Go Kart Education Competitions:
    • Fall Semester: Go Kart Science Saturday
    • Spring Semester: Test & Tune

evGrandPrix Education Program

  • Student teams design and build an electric go kart
  • High School evGrandPrix held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of Indy500 festivities

2016 High School evGrandPrix

Students constructing a metal apparatus

Go Kart Science & Technology is not a required component of the Hardware Store Science curriculum, where students still receive considerable value from the hands-on, inquiry-based experiments in a classroom physical science course.  However, if students anticipate participating in the evGrand Prix World Championship Race and Academic Competition, these resources provide a real opportunity to reinforce understanding gained from the Hardware Store Science activities using a real world device. This is because many of the physical science concepts developed in the Hardware Store Science experiments have a direct connection to the efficient and effective use of an electric go-kart during competitive racing action.  Moreover, the fun and excitement of building an electric go-kart and then competing against other high school teams is a powerful motivation for students to learn the science, technology, engineering and mathematics associated with the testing, tuning and prepping the go-kart for race day activities – the STEM concepts and principles being taught in the Hardware Store Science program.

Students with a metal go kart frame

Go Kart Science & Technology also includes the development of making/manufacturing skills needed to design, build and test an electric go-kart that student teams will then race in the evGrand Prix World Championship event at Purdue University during the month of May.  Go Kart Science & Technology is a compliment to Hardware Store Science, providing students with real world application of both the ‘science/math’ part of STEM as well as the ‘engineering/technology’ part of STEM.

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