Scrapheap challenge car races

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Description

Teams of Scouts purchase items from the "Scrap heap" (using monopoly money) then plan and build a gravity, balloon or rubber band powered vehicles.

Resources

Need:
Monopoly Money
Jar lids
CDs
bolts
skewers
shoe boxes
tubes
drinks bottles
scissors
tape
blu-tac
rubber bands
balloons
hand drill

Instructions

Split Troop into teams of 2 to 3 members (or you could just use Patrols if you're sure certain members won't just sit back and let others do all the planning/work).
Give each team the same amount of money
Allow 10 minutes to view scrapheap and plan what each team wants
Auction off scrapheap items
30 minutes build time
Test each vehicle on a course of a set distance, using sloping table as start. Points can be awarded for speed, distance, straightness, and how much money they have left unused, how cool they look, team spirit etc.
Allow a second design session to correct any faults or make general improvements.
Test each vehicle again using the same criteria and announce the winners.

Tags

  • balloon cars
  • challenge
  • creative
  • model maker
  • rubber band cars
  • scrap heap
  • Team challenges

Badge Links

  • Creative - Activity
  • Creative - Model
  • Model Maker - Car
  • Model Maker - Model
  • Teamwork - Team-building