DIY Car by a 7 Year Old

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About: Tech loving Dad to a Maker Son (Abzy) and a Baker Daughter (Yati). I share instructables of what my children make.

Why not make your own toys and learn as you play?

Learn to do it yourself (DIY) as 7 year old Abzy teaches you how to make a simple DC Motor Car powered by battery entirely on his own.

There is a lot of electronic waste when toys are thrown away. Abzy had an idea to salvage parts from broken toys and recycle, redesign & remake them into something innovative.

This project is designed in a manner to show the interconnections between the DC motor, Switch, LED Lights and Batteries to spark interest in young innovative minds and encourage them to develop such projects on their own.

Step 1: Material Required

Tools Required

  1. Wire Cutter
  2. Glue Gun
  3. Any small wires for connectivity
  4. Screw Driver
  5. Solder
  6. Soldering Wire

Safety

  1. Safety Mask for soldering
  2. Safety goggles for soldering

Raw Material Required

  1. 3 x 1.5v Cells
  2. 2 x Wheels
  3. LED Lights
  4. 6 x Popsicle Sticks
  5. Any Toy Car Body
  6. Broken Car Base with 2 x wheels and a DC Powered Motor

Step 2: Preparing the Chassis

Heat the glue gun when optimal temperature is reached use it on the broken car base to firmly attach popsicle sticks on either side to prepare the car chassis.

Step 3: Attach the Wheels to the Car Chassis

  • Measure distance from the front wheel to where you want to attach the back wheel
  • Use ample glue from the glue gun on the popsicle stick
  • Place the wheel on the glued part of the popsicle stick and press firmly for a good grip
  • Repeat the same step for the 2nd wheel

Be sure to attach wheels in parallel and at equal distance from the front wheels

Step 4: Make Connections

  • Heat the soldering gun and start making connections from the switch to the DC motor as shown in the pictures or according to the circuit diagram provided. (Alternatively you maye use the circuit diagram provided in the pdf document for help)
  • Be sure to connect the positive and negative terminals correctly to ensure the car goes in the forward direction when turned on
  • Put 3x cells in the Battery holder (underneath the car)
  • Use glue gun to attach the LEDs to the front portion of the car

SAFETY ADVICE:

  • Always use a face mask to cover your nose and mouth when soldering this is to avoid inhaling harmful fumes
  • Always use safety goggles to protect eyes, sometimes the soldering wire (tin) pieces can fly off if not handled properly
  • Always solder in a well ventilated place
  • Adult supervision is advised.

Step 5: Finalizing

  • Use glue gun on the base to connect the car body
  • Ample glue must be used to ensure a firm grip
  • Use glue gun on the remaining 4 popsicle sticks to design and attach the spoiler as shown
  • Test the car by turning on the switch

Enjoy playing and learning :)

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    morsed2

    4 months ago

    Abzy, it seems like you had much fun building that car.

    Ah, what I could have done if we had glue guns when I was a kid!

    Your soldering technique, is one I have never seen before, I think you might find it more correct to use the tip of the iron, but it works, great, you got the job done.

    Keep inventing!

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    asadanwarmorsed2

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you so much steve, his soldering iron had a problem which is why he had to use the side. The tip wasnt getting warm enough even though we tried cleaning. But I just got him a new soldering iron and a soldering gun. :)

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    morsed2asadanwar

    Reply 4 months ago

    I wondered if there was a problem with the soldering iron, I did not want to sound too negative.

    The fact that the iron is faulty, shows that Abzy can work around problems.

    I sorry to tell you he may become an engineer! I look forward to seeing some more instructables from Abzy

    Steve

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    asadanwarmorsed2

    Reply 4 months ago

    That's very encouraging and supportive of you ..I am also making a website where his maker projects will regularly show up. I will inform you when it's ready ... :) Take care Steve...

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    asadanwarDIY Hacks and How Tos

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you so much Jason, yes that is exactly what I am trying to do. We will be posting more soon :) Keep in touch.