Cars are cool! Especially cars that you make yourself.
We had our StoryBots take this STEM Challenge and you’re gonna love what they came up with. The best part? It’s a STEM Challenge that anyone can complete!
Challenge: Create a cardboard tube car and design it’s power source.
Let’s look at what you need, the instructions…then let’s check out our results!
Step 1: Find some rolls
Grab some cardboard paper rolls (aka toilet paper rolls). I grabbed five since I was going to make one for each StoryBot! This is the first step because I always forget to save them…just give yourself some time to collect these.
Step 2: Gather Supplies
Get the supplies…don’t limit yourself to traditional
items! Maker spaces need the most random things. I used markers, glue, pipe cleaners, and construction paper.
Step 3: Paint
Paint the rolls your favorite color! I painted one tube for each StoryBot!
Step 4: Create an opening
👩👧 This is a grown-up job.
Using scissors or a craft knife, cut out three sides of a rectangle, leaving one side intact. Fold the flap inwards and secure with a paperclip.
Step 5: Design Your Engine!
Here’s where the planning comes in. What powers your car? We decided each StoryBots’ car would probably be powered by something different. Take a look at what we came up with. Hopefully these will inspire your own creations!
- Name: Beep
- Favorite Color: Green
- Powered by: Curiosity 🔎
- Name: Bang
- Favorite Color: Blue
- Powered by: Music 🎶
- Name: Bing
- Favorite Color: Yellow
- Powered by: Pizza 🍕
- Name: Boop
- Favorite Color: Red
- Powered by: Grumpy Power ☂️
- Name: Bo
- Favorite Color: RAINBOW
- Powered by: Sparkles!!! 🦄
Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs.