Materials and Resources

This page outlines the materials provided and materials needed to construct a solar-powered vehicle. Students are encouraged to consider using materials that might be found around the house. Lists of suggested materials and/or advice on design and building techniques can also be found in the booklets linked below. Photos and videos of model cars from previous years can be found in our Photo/Video Library.

Participants must have a completed team registration form submitted by April 29, 2016.


Our kits include a motor, gears, axles, wheels, battery pack, screw eyes and alligator clips.

We encourage creativity in the design process but students must use the following materials as provided by TransOptions:

  • 1 Motor
  • Single Battery Pack
  • 1 Solar Panel
  • Payload of one empty soda can (not provided by TransOptions)