Protocar is a design challenge with a difference. Flying cars have been the dream of many designers, but no one has really cracked it. Using a process of making working models, testing them on the PowerAnchor and making modificaitons, students engage in a truly experimental design process. The PowerAnchor provides the necessarily controlled testing environment that is needed for reliable observations.

The model-making is easy, but the students are required to theorise in order to attain success. The teaching resource pack is a rich source of ideas with a teaching programme, teachers’ notes, student notes and worksheets as well as a classroom video to help instruct and inspire your students. Designability projects are designed by teachers and are classroom tested.

A full range of design activities are included in the student notes and the teacher’s notes help to guide through the delivery of the project. These include:

  • Information sheets on experimental car design
  • Homework questions
  • Research tasks
  • Concept sketching
  • Video questions
  • Working with balsa
  • Detailed design brief
  • Record of testing
  • Evaluation

The project pack also includes a 14 minutes classroom DVD which will inspire and instruct your students on the main concepts and making techniques including:

  • Working with modelling materials
  • Testing the craft
  • Modifying and theorising


Our aim is to support teachers with all the resources you need to successfully run this project in your classroom. We provide a teaching resource pack which includes teacher notes and student notes as well as the classroom video, and class packs of consumables.

Materials And Equipment

  • Scalpels
  • Cutting mat
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue guns
  • Steel rules
  • Standing paper
  • Pencil
  • Drill with a 2mm it
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Wheels
  • Propellers
  • Modelling materials (balsa, polypropylene, card, foam board)
  • Motors
  • Hook up cable
  • Power Anchor (Read More)

Class Pack Parts


This Protocar Class Pack includes: 100 wheels of 40mm diameters;…

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Class Pack Modelling Materials


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Protocar Teaching Resource Pack


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