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Don’t let students wing it – have them design CO2 dragsters using engineering concepts. This guide starts the process by teaching them about the engineering design process. As they work through the activities and design their own dragsters, students will learn about:

  • Specifications
  • Newton’s laws
  • Identifying and minimizing friction
  • Bearing surfaces
  • And much more!

Using the knowledge gained, they then complete two challenges that test their ability to evaluate and make design changes to improve their vehicles.

Student materials in the guide are reproducible for distribution in your classroom. Use this guide as a supplement or use the series as the base for an engineering design course.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco EZ Build Dragster 32-Pack; basswood and balsa wood dragster class pack; Go/No Go Gauge; Roll Test Ramp; dragster parts such as plastic wheels, axles of various materials, brass rods, straws, washers, axles, and Precision Bearings; caliper; drill press or drill; coping saw; long-nose pliers; Phillips screwdriver; metal saw; tubing cutter; digital scale; bench pulley; measuring tape; modeling clay; sandpaper; graphite and Teflon lubricant; and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

$39.95


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This guide continues the process of guiding students not only in designing and building an excellent dragster but also in understanding the science and technology principles that make this happen.

Production and Fine Tuning delves into the importance of carefully aligned axles, quality paint finishes, and more topics that go beyond shaping and basic construction. Some of the principles explored are:

  • Alignment and drift
  • Rolling and sliding friction
  • Aerodynamic drag
  • Specifications and trade-offs
  • Symmetry

Student materials in this guide are reproducible for distribution in your classroom. Use this guide as a supplement or use the series as the base for an engineering design course.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Metric Dragsters – Getting Started Package (kits, launcher, and more), straws, modeling clay, digital scale, Roll Test Ramp, measuring tape, drill press or hand drill with 3/16" bit, spring scale, meterstick, shaping tools (for example, coping saw and rasp), dragster body blanks, try square or drafting right triangle, C-clamp, protractor, pulley, spray paint, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

$39.95


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Students start designing their own CO2 dragsters, produce a foam prototype of their dragsters, and then create a finished Custom Cruiser model. The culminating activity is to deliver a polished presentation about the process of creating the Custom Cruiser.

Through these activities and challenges, students learn about and apply several concepts:
  • Thumbnail sketches
  • Scaling
  • Orthographic drawings
  • Drafting and tools for drafting
  • Modeling

Student materials in the guide are reproducible for distribution in your classroom.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Custom Cruiser 25-Pack, digital scale, measuring tape, Roll Test Ramp, drafting board, T square, 30°/60°/90° triangle, compass, drafting pencil or lead holder, French curve, sandpaper sharpener, freehand hot-wire cutter, acrylic spray paint, hand drill with 1/8" bit, carving tools, drill press, band saw, safety glasses, digital camera and digital video camera, photo- and video-editing software, presentation software (PowerPoint), plastic wheels, straws, steel axles, modeling clay, expanded polystyrene foam blank, drafting tape, balsa wood sealer, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.

$39.95

A must-have for teachers embarking on the Pitsco Custom Cruiser Vehicle Design activity. This book takes you through the entire activity including design concepts, CAD drawings, clay modeling, vehicle construction, and testing. Contains many helpful suggestions for implementing this activity in your classroom.

$21.25


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This book takes students through every step of the dragster design and construction process. Easy-to-understand text, photos, and illustrations provide clear instruction. Includes special design hints and building tips. A flowchart relates the dragster design process to real-world car design. A final section on race preparation helps students maximize their cars’ performance in competition.

$2.25

Make the fastest gravity-powered racer possible with tips and advice from this book’s author, an undefeated derby champion. Covers how to get started in the Pinewood Derby; building the car body, axles, and wheels; and putting it together for a winning derby car. Also includes a gallery of winning cars, car patterns, and more.

$13.75

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