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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 the age range/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

Half day (2 to 3 hours), 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

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

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.

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