Wind up racer

Wind up racer
Type of Resource: Practical activity/investigation

This online resource details how students can build a simple wind-up 'race car' as a hands-on activity that illustrates the conservation and transformation of energy.

The website has a printable experiment sheet which has an explanation of how it works as well as a video that shows how to build the racer.

The race car is made from easily obtainable household materials.

Additional Information

Achievement Standard: Students can explain the concept of energy conservation and can represent energy transfer and transformation within systems.

Suggested time: approx. 30 minutes.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose,... > ACSIS208
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers... > ACSSU190
  • Year Senior Secondary > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences