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Capacitor Cars

What will power the cars of the future? Design and construct an electric car and test how far it will travel off one charge.

Capacitor Cars

This workshop explores the future of transport, in particular electric vehicles, over a full day.

Working in teams, students will learn how to construct an electronic circuit that will be used to power their car.

When designing their car, students must consider the shape, material choices, and structure.

The activity encourages students to use a wide range of skills and consolidates knowledge in the KS2 or KS3 Science and D&T curriculums. The workshop is differentiated to suit age ranges and ability.

STEMworks will provide all materials for the workshop.


Minimum of 15 participants, maximum of 36 participants.


Pricing starts from £450, plus costs for consumables. Charges can be subsidised by a sponsor/company.

Duration and location

Full day, at schools within 150 miles of Gloucester.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers


  • Materials
  • Electricity
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Evaluating

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

Good for a career in...

  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Rail and road transport
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