Have you ever wanted to recreate the race car from your favorite video game or movie? What about bringing to life a concept car of the future? Speed your way through this Studio by creating your own remote control (RC) model racecar inspired by vehicles from Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, Batman, or The Fast and The Furious. Learn about all the components that make your vehicle go vroom - motors, batteries, engines, radio signals, types of chassis and wheels, robotic intelligence - and push your vehicle to the creative limit with an innovative design!
In this Studio, students will be constructing futuristic robo-electric cars! These cars will be designed to maneuver and turn in agile ways and speed across a race course. Students will ride the waves of radio frequency and modulation, thus understanding transmitters, receivers, and RC communication. Other topics of discussion include on-road versus off-road suspension, how RC models compare to full-sized cars, and levels of robotic intelligence (automaton, remote control, teleoperation, full autonomy). Students will experience the hands-on joy of soldering, drilling, and building circuits before applying a custom paint job for the finishing touch. Then it’s off to the races in a final exhibition where the cars will race-off in the Robo Cars showdown!
Physics (Electricity, Magnetism)
Sensors & Actuators
Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)
- Enrolling students must be between the ages of 11 to 18 (middle and high school students)