Students in Morse Elementary GATE Academy create solar-powered cars

On Thursday, Jan. 21, Morse Elementary School held their monthly gifted and talented education (GATE) academy. Students used solar-powered cars to learn about gear ratio and torque. The first trial had a large gear driving a smaller gear to move the wheel axis. Students timed the car and marked the distance to figure out the speed. The students then switched the gears, having a smaller gear driving a large gear. They were surprised to see how slow the cars moved with this gear ratio. Overall, the students had a great time driving their solar cars on a sunny day, and learning about gear ratio in this STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) project facilitated by GATE teacher Mrs. Ricotta.

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