CO2 Car Design



This lesson is the first part of a comprehensive CO2 Car unit. This lesson will walk through the design process of a CO2 car. This lesson highlights the design process, aerodynamics and mechanical drafting. Follow-up materials are included that can be used by an instructor to design further lessons in this unit. The follow-up lessons should include: building procedure, safety and use of band saw, drill press & sander as well as proper finishing techniques.

Lesson Time

Design Process
1 curriculum::lessonplan.time.weeks
Build Process
1 curriculum::lessonplan.time.weeks
Finish Process
3 Days
2 Days

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Building and Construction Trades Building and Construction Trades
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Student will identify and apply the design process steps
  • Students will apply the basic rules of aerodynamics
  • Students will apply drafting techniques to create a final design
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the metric measuring system.

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