Solar Car T-Shirt Design - SCOPES Digital Fabrication

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Tebble Dickerson


This will be a design project where the students will create a t-shirt design for an upcoming Solar Car Race using digital fabrication. The Junior Solar Sprint (JSS), provides a hands-on opportunity for students to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts, along with leadership and 21st century skills such as creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, as they design, construct, and race a solar-powered car. The students were told to think of a logo design that incorporates the Solar Car Race, and our school name, Warrensville Heights Elementary School or school mascot, the tigers. The t-shirt design will begin with google draw.

What You'll Need

Computer w/ internet access (1:1)
Vinyl Cutter
Iron on vinyl
t-shirt (1:1)
heat press
paper and pencils

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The Instructions

Logo concept

Introduce the concept of logo. Utilize the game Blooket to gain interest and introduce logos students are familiar with. Discuss logos they are familiar with and why. Talk about how to incorporate our school logo and the Solar Car Project

Logos reflect the values ​​of a group or individual. They can change to reflect updated ideals held by those they represent. Students will in groups to create a list of criteria and constraints around the design. Students will use google draw to create their designs


  • Size – no larger than 3 x 3 cm
  • Appearance – must have school name or mascot
  • Content – must include Solar Car Race
  • Time – one class period

Link to similar lesson

The link will provide access to another lesson similar to this lesson using a logo design.

This link is to a t-shirt logo design similar to the lesson except we will not be using paint.


Queen Annurca – Design and fab a t-shirt






  • (4-ETS1-1): Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • (Fab-Safety.1): I can safely conduct myself in a Fab Lab and observe operations under instructor guidance.
  • (Fab-Programming.1): I understand the basic structure of a simple program and can modify values, variables, or other parameters to alter its output, function, or behavior.
  • (Fab-Design.1): I can be responsible for various activities throughout a design process within a group under instructor guidance.

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