Sophisticated, yet easy to use, the award-winning Car Builder program appeals to children ages 8 and up, teenagers and adults who are fascinated by cars.
As "design engineers," users build cars on screen, specifying chassis length, wheelbase, engine type, transmission, fuel tank size, suspension, steering, tires and brakes.
All functional choices are interrelated and will affect the performance of the final design. Next, users design the body of the car, adding windows and decorative or functional touches.
The program then tests the car in a wind tunnel and around a test track, accumulating data about top speed, cornering ability, acceleration and braking. A complete evaluation report is displayed and users can adjust, alter, save and print designs for comparison against future creations.
Car Builder teaches principles involved in building aerodynamic, efficient and safe cars. It introduces users to computer-aided design (CAD), enhances problem-solving skills, and fosters an elementary knowledge of physics and automotive design.
Car designs and test results can be printed and stored for later use or modification. Lesson Plans and Supplemental Materials with School Versions and above.
Minumum System Requirements
The program is provided on a Hybrid CD-ROM and will work on Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP and Macintosh platforms.
Windows: Pentium II 166 Mhz, 32 MB of installed RAM, 256-color monitor capable of 800x600 resolution, 4x CD-ROM drive (higher recommended).
Macintosh: Power PC or higher, 16 MB RAM, System 7.6.1 through OS X, 256-color monitor capable of 800x600 resolution, 4x CD-ROM (higher recommended).