Snail Car





Name of Activity

Snail Car




NXT, car, travel, slow, snail race, last, finish line, winner, motion, gears



Grade Level

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+


1 Hour Total

Brief Description

In this activity, students will construct an NXT car which is capable to traveling extremely slowly. The cars will compete in a snail race with the last car to cross the finish line crowned as the winner.

Lesson Objectives:

To learn to build with cars for slow motion.

Materials Needed:

– NXT Car

– Gears

– Computers running NXT software

Preparation and Set Up:

Set up computers running NXT software.

Arrange students into groups of two.

Distribute materials to students.


  1. Have students build an NXT car that utilizes a series of gears and axles.
  2. Have students program their cars to travel forward for 20 seconds.
  3. Set up a race course and let students race their cars against each other.
  4. If there is time, allow students to redesign their cars.

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