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
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
Articles of Incorporation and
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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
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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