Resource Documents

This page provides documents that teachers, mentors, and others may find useful when helping students to build their electric cars.

Many of the documents below are available in two formats:
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) -- best and easiest for display & printing
  • Microsoft Word (DOC) -- can be read and edited by PCs and Macs

Contents


General Information

B*E*S*T Information Sheet
Purpose and Philosophy of B*E*S*T
Permission Form for participation
Permission Form for pictures
a Donation Request Letter
Mentor Recruiting Information
Legal Documents


Race Day

•  Race Day Rules
•  Race Day Rules Quiz
•  Race Day Reminders & Details
•  Race Day Program
Race Day Briefing
TV & Newspaper Invitation


Building Cars

Electric Car Curriculum
Worksheet: Student Jobs





Small Cars

Worksheet: Small Car Parts
How to make a battery holder #1
How to make a battery holder #2
How to make a small switch
How to make your own small car


Large Cars

How to make a high current switch
Electric Car Progress Checklist
Electric Car Reports
Award Certificate
Electric Car Certificates
•  Driver Practice Report
•  Electric Car Rules
•  Car Inspection Checklist




General Information


B*E*S*T Information Sheet Updated 11/7/2010

This page provides information about the B*E*S*T organization, the electric car projects, and the benefits provided. It is useful to anyone who wants to know more about what we do, and why we do it.
B*E*S*T information in Acrobat format
B*E*S*T information in MS Word format

Purpose and Philosophy of B*E*S*T Added 1/16/2002

A two page description of the purpose of our organization and the philosophy behind the way we provide mentoring for students.
Purpose and Philosophy in Acrobat format
Purpose and Philosophy in MS Word format

Parent Permission Form for participation Updated 11/7/2010

This 1 page document is the parent permission and information form used for the electric car projects.
Permission form in Acrobat format
Permission form in MS Word format

Parent Permission Form for pictures Updated 10/19/2005

This 1 page document is the parent permission and information for including a student's picture on our web site.
Picture permission form in Acrobat format
Picture permission form in MS Word format

Donation Request Letter

This 1 page letter is a starting point template for soliciting a donation. You'll want the editable MS Word form, unless you're just looking.
Donation request in Acrobat format
Donation request in MS Word format

Mentor Recruiting Information Sheet

This 1 page information sheet is provides information for people who are considering becoming a mentor for B*E*S*T.
Mentor information in Acrobat format

Legal Documents

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
In September 1999 we applied for recognition as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. These are the documents we filed. Added 9/14/1999



Building Cars


Electric Car Curriculum Updated 9/19/2000

This 12 page document includes an overview, a list of small car tools and materials, a lists of tools and materials for the large car, 8 individual lesson plans primarily oriented toward building a large car, and example worksheet problems.
Curriculum in Acrobat format
Curriculum in MS Word format

Student Job Application worksheet Added 1/11/2006

This worksheet asks questions to get students thinking about what role they might play and what things they might do (and not do) while participating. It can be used to assess students skill levels before the program, and again afterwards to gauge their progress and what they've learned.
Student Job Application in Acrobat format
Student Job Application MS Word format



Small Cars


Car Parts worksheet Added 1/11/2006

This worksheet describes the parts of a car and asks questions to stimulate thinking about how to design the car. It can help to get students to start gathering and bringing in materials, and to think about the steps to build a small car.
Car Parts worksheet in Acrobat format
Car Parts worksheet MS Word format

How to make a battery holder #1 Added 10/21/2003

This 1 page instruction sheet contains pictures and captions showing how to attach wires to a battery using a battery holder made from paper, tape, aluminum foil, and a rubber band.
Battery holder #1 illustration in Acrobat format (400K)

How to make a battery holder #2 Added 10/18/2004
How to make a small switch

This 2 page instruction sheet contains pictures and a description of how to make a battery holder from a pill bottle or a block of wood and some paper clips, and also how to make a switch using a binder clip, or a safety pin, or paper clips and a penny.
Battery holder #2 and switch illustrations in Acrobat format (550K)

How to make your own small car Added 3/4/2004

A 1 page sheet of tips, ideas, and tools for building a small car. Includes a list of stores where you can find small motors and switches.
Small Car ideas in Acrobat format
Small Car ideas in MS Word format



Large Cars


A high current switch made from copper strips Added 1/17/2002

This 1 page drawing illustrates one way to make a switch that will handle a 30 amp current.
Switch drawing in Acrobat format

Electric Car Checklist Poster Added 2/14/2001

This large, poster-sized checklist can be used to note progress toward completing an electric car.
Ecar Checklist

Electric Car Reports

This 4 page document contains:
  • an example of a report on a completed electric car project,
  • a testing and race summary report for a small car (12") race,
  • a list of the parts used to build a large electric car,
  • a report on the performance of a motor chosen for the large car.

Reports in Acrobat format
Reports in MS Word format

Award Certificate

This 1 page document is an example of the certificate that was given to each student who built a model electric car.
Certificate in Acrobat format
Certificate in MS Word format

Electric Car Certificates Added 2/14/2001

These certificates can be used as incentives and rewards for completing various stages of building an electric car. All of these are in Acrobat (PDF) format.
Design Complete
Rolling Car
License to Test Drive
License to Race

Driver Practice Report Added 4/25/2006

This is a report for recording driver's practice time and skills. A completed report is required as part of the car inspection on Race Day
Practice Report in Acrobat format
Practice Report in MS Word format

Electric Car Rules Updated 5/7/2007

This 1 page document provides the rules governing how the electric cars will be built and the safety features they must have.
Electric Car Rules in Acrobat format
Electric Car Rules in MS Word format

Electric Car Inspection Checklist Updated 5/7/2007

This checklist can be used to determine if a car complies with the Electric Car Rules.
Inspection checklist in Acrobat format
Inspection checklist in MS Word format



Race Day


Race Day Rules Updated 5/7/2007

These are the official rules for Race Day. Both general rules and the rules for the races are described.
Race Day Rules in Acrobat format
Race Day Rules in MS Word format

Race Day Rules Quiz Updated 4/20/2004

This is a quiz for the students that can be used to help teach the Race Day rules.
Race Day Rules Quiz in Acrobat format
Race Day Rules Quiz in MS Word format

Race Day Reminders & Details Updated 5/17/2013 - minor schedule change

This 4 page document is a list of reminder notes, the day's activity schedule, and a To Do list. It is provided to all teachers, mentors, and track officials to help prepare them for the race. (This document is updated each year just prior to Race Day.)
Race Day Reminders & Details in Acrobat format
Race Day Reminders & Details in MS Word format

Race Day Program Updated 5/17/2013 - minor schedule change

This 2 page document is the program that the audience will have on Race Day. It will be copied onto the front and back of a single sheet of colored paper.
Race Day Program in Acrobat format
Race Day Program in MS Word format

Track Marshall Duties & Student Briefing Updated 5/4/2005

This is a 1 page summary of rules and things to watch for, provided to track marshalls and some of which is verbally reviewed and acted out in the student briefing that occurs prior to the first race.
Track Marshall Duties & Student Briefing in Acrobat format
Track Marshall Duties & Student Briefing in MS Word format

TV & Newspaper Invitation Updated 5/15/2007

This 2 page document is an invitation that we send to local news desks a few weeks before the race. (These are large files because of included pictures.)
TV/News Invitation in Acrobat format (300K)
TV/News Invitation in MS Word format (750K)



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