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Wildcat Wind Racer Rally

Wildcat Wind Racer Rally

McLean Science & Technology Magnet

May 2 - 3, 2018


McLean students have the opportunity to design, build, present, and race their very own wind-powered, land racing vehicle. This event is going to be WINDerful!

Here’s the scoop!  Students are to build, test, and modify an original wind powered vehicle at home.

Then on Thursday morning May 2nd students will bring their physical model and assignment sheet(s) to school. The wind racers will be placed on display throughout the building so that everyone has the opportunity to view all of the amazing wind racer models throughout the day.  Finally, we will hold a Wind Racer Rally on Friday May 3rd where each grade level will have the chance to race their vehicles. 

This is a school wide event for kindergarten through fifth grade.



    Design and construct a wind-powered racer that is:

  • No larger than 15 cm x 20 cm (6 in. x 8 in.)
  • Able to travel straight at least 2 meters (6 ft.) moved by wind



  1. Design and construct a vehicle which meets the challenge above.
  2. Test your vehicle at home using a blow dryer or a fan as the wind source.
  3. Think of ways to improve the design, then change it and retest.
  4. Complete the provided plan and data sheet during the process.



  • The vehicle must be the product of the student’s ideas and work.
  • Students must complete a physical model (the wind-racer), a labeled plan sheet of their racer, and the test data sheet.
  • Students in grades 3-5 will also be required to give an oral report in class.
  • Vehicles should be constructed from common household items (see suggested materials list). Vehicles designed from kits or specialty items are not acceptable.

 3-5 Wind Racer Plan & Data Sheet     K-2 Wind Racer Plan & Data Sheet


             wood                                                 jar lids                                aluminum foil

            plastic bottles                                    cans                                    tissue paper

            styrofoam                                          toy wheels                           fabric

            cardboard containers                          straws                                 clay                                         tagboard                                           plastic tubing                        tape

            dowels                                              plastic wrap                          staples

            hangers                                            string                                   thread                        

            plastic containers                               brads                                   glue

           CDs                                                   beads                                    buttons



     Student work will be evaluated according to the following rubric.


Wind Racer Rally Grading Rubric

*Teachers: a score of 4 or 2 may be given at your discretion.






Vehicle meets size restrictions




Not completed

Design Effort

Car is creatively designed, constructed neatly, decorated, and materials used were effective. 

Car is constructed neatly and materials used were effective.

Car does not have the ability to race.

Not completed

Plan Sheet

Plan is written neatly with no spelling errors and includes lots of detail.

Plan is written neatly with few spelling errors with some key details.

Plan has spelling errors and missing details

Not completed

Meets travel requirement

3 or more meters

2 meters

1 meter or less

Not completed

Oral Presentation

(3-5 grades only)

Describes vehicle in detail, explains the planning process, and shares data on testing the vehicle with correct grammar, fluency and volume for an audience.

Describes vehicle, explains the planning process, and shares data on testing with some detail with some correct grammar, fluency and volume for an audience.

Description of vehicle and/or plan lacks information. Grammar, fluency or volume may be weak.

Not completed


 Wind Racer Rally Schedule:

 Friday, May 3, 2019

Grade level teams will meet in the gym together


9:30 – 10:10 a.m.

1st Grade

10:15 – 10:55 a.m.

4th Grade

11:00 – 11:40 a.m.



5th Grade

1:45 – 2:25 p.m.

2nd Grade

2:30 – 3:10 p.m.

3rd Grade

3:15 – 3:55 p.m.