Science & Art: Construction: Making a solar powered train

Monday, March 14th, 2011
Inspired by our LEGO robotics, teacher bought a make-it-yourself Solar-Powered-Bullet-Train.
The pieces look like our LEGO pieces, but a little smaller.

We started making it today, but ran out of time.  We will finish it tomorrow.

Teacher has got it working.  The problems were:  The wheels weren’t pushed in enough and the wheels needed to  be filed down a little.  It works now, but is not really strong.  It’s quite a small motor for such a big train.
We tried out our solar train again today (now that teacher has filed the wheels).  It worked so well.  It worked best with just the engine, on tarmac, then concrete.  It worked ok with a carriage, but was a bit slower when we put on a carriage and the caboose.

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