When I asked a student what he thought about making his own car, he told me that what he enjoyed the most was showig everyone “the process he went through [and] the work he put into it.…”
This kid for sure has many nice toys at home, but it is simply fun when you make something you’re really proud of and other people are interested in it and give you compliments.
Ideally, you provide the materials and let students tinker and design their own prototypes so that they experience what exploring and making is all about.
If you are a language teacher, you could use this activity to teach superlative and comparative forms of adjectives. Students could create their cars and have a race to practice language. Alternatively, you could start making the car and having a race; Students will probably need to use comparative and superlative forms, and they might start using it (with teachers help) before being formally exposed to it.
What you’ll need
How to make it