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Design and Build a Vehicle

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer
Field Trip, Off Campus Professional Development
Prof. Dev., 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed, Bilingual


In this two- and half-hour program, participants will have the opportunity to have free unstructured play in the Climb, Crawl, Slide sculpture, explore the lower level play installations and learn the creative process through creative instruction. Participants will plan and test model vehicle using simple materials and learn about force, motion gravity and energy while working on teams and creating original car designs as a form of creative expression. Participants will then review the parts of the scientific method and use the scientific method to test their vehicle and learn about variables- independent, dependent and controlled.

Students Will

  • use problem solving skills
  • will plan a test model using simple materials; paper, straws, tape and mints for wheels.
  • will build a vehicle working through iterations during the process to improve on their design.
  • will design their vehicle for distance, speed and/or aesthetics.
  • will collaborate to asses why some vehicles go further, faster or look better based on variables such as wind resistance, weight and craftsmanship.


Dates: August 2019 - July 2020
Times: 9:30 - 12:00 or 12:30-3:00
Duration: 2.5 hours
School Fee: Price Per Student: $11.00
Minimum Attendance: 25
Maximum Attendance: 150
Bilingual: No
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Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: •Group reservation – Fees range from $10-$20 per student, per 2.5-hour session, depending on which wildly creative activity is chosen. •For more information and to register, please visit
Deadline: 2 weeks prior
Cancellation Policy: In the event that you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, and your request is received by SPARK! with more than 30-days notice, you will receive a 25% refund of amount already paid. If SPARK! is closed due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. inclement weather, utility outage, or any other issue that may prohibit our ability to deliver a true SPARK! experience) all programs will automatically be canceled and 100% refund will be issued. If SPARK! is open, but your group chooses not to come, no refund will be issued. NOTE: If the Dallas Independent School District closes for inclement weather, so does SPARK! If you have questions as to whether or not SPARK! is open during inclement weather, you can check,, (972) 925-3700 or (214) 421-7727.
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