My Reflective STEAM Journal Written & Created by edie harris


This term, we have been investigating the idea of an alternate powered vehicle. During the term, we explored the parameters of both the Dash and the Little Bits Kits, created plans for our own alternate powered vehicle, and talked as a class about what an alternate powered vehicle is. When we explored the Dash we were given the task to create different geometrical shapes using our knowledge of interior and exterior angles in a team. During the next few weeks, we explored the Little Bits kits and created a journal of all the induvidual bits and what purpose they served. Over the last few weeks, we designed our alternate powered vehicle and assessed it using a SWOT analysis.

Question 1

Investigate and create a list of power sources that could be used to power a vehicle or some other device.

Solar Energy
Wind Power
Fossil Fuels
Battery Power
Nuclear Power

Question 2

Choose one of the following forms of power. Explain how this form of power could be harnessed to provide a vehicle with an alternate power source.

Solar Power

Solar Power

Solar power is generated when energy from the sun (sunlight or the sun's rays) is converted into electricity or used to heat water, air or other surbstances. Solar thermal is the conversion of solar radiation into thermal energy (heat). Thermal energy carried by air, water, or other fluid is commonly used directly for heating a room or space, or to generate electricity using steam and turbines. Solar thermal is commonly used to heat hot water systems. Solar thermal electricity, also known as concentrating solar power, is typically used to power large scale buildings or projects.

Question 3

Describe your proposed alternate powered vehicle. Include photos, videos and relevant diagrams and designs.

A photo of the vehicle from

A diagram of my alternate powered vehicle

My alternate powered vehicle is a solar powered car with a 9v solar panel to power it. My vehicle is powered by sunlight, so I will need to test my vehicle on a sunny day. I decided to select solar power as the source of power for my vehicle as it is a renewable engergy source that has high potential to develop into a potentially profitable product. My vehicle is mainly comprised of Lego, meaning it is easy to buid and adjust as I need.


  • Assorted Lego parts
  • Small 9v solar panel
  • Mini 6v motor (both wires connected to it)
  • Extra strong glue

Question 4

Analyse and evaluate your design and design process using a SWOT analysis.

My SWOT analysis

Question 5

Develop an action plan for creating your alternate powered vehicle. This can be presented in flow chart form.


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