Power Anchor

Product Code: PA

The Power Anchor delivers current to up to two tethered vehicles as they drive around the unit.  This is a great way to test powered vehicles without having to worry about a track or even putting a power source on the vehicle.  With power and steering  resolved, students can concentrate on other key design problems like drive system, aerodynamics and lift.

This equipment has been included in the ATEQ range because it fulfils our selection criteria: 

  • be designed for educational use
  • be the safest version of its type
  • be as easy to use as possible
  • be tested in classrooms around the world
  • maximise opportunities for direct student use
  • maximise the process of learning through making

Unit Price: $695.00 excl.GST 


Setting up is a snack.  The four batteries are enclosed in the base and hooking them up is straightforward.  You can leave them in there until they go flat which took much longer than I expected.  You should be able to run two or three full projects with a set of batteries.  The real beauty is that it is totally portable, so setting up in a standard classroom or even better in the gym was easy.  You'll need a clear space of 4m diameter.

So this is how it works – your students make a vehicle with a motor and wheels (no steering, no power).  The vehicle can be a car, ground-force vehicle or even a plane (see the projects below) and they are fast and easy to make.   With the vehicle made, it is then connected using the tethers to the Power Anchor.  The tethers also become the hook up wire to deliver current (12V) to the motor.  Students can control the power to the vehicle using a hand controller. The greatest learning actually goes on during the testing and modifying stages of the design process and I have found that more time is spent on this than the initial making.



There are four projects you can run with the Power Anchor.  They are full of solid content and really drive you through the design process.  The ones I used hit the mark giving the students a quality making experience and encouraging thorough testing.   The video says that making models helps you to solve problems, but it also helps you to understand the problem in the first place. The Power Anchor projects help students understand problems through model making, testing and modifying.



Power from four 6V batteries (not included) is delivered to two cars as they rotate around the unit. 

Hand controllers allow the user to vary the power delivered. 

The cables connecting the vehicle to the PowerAnchor are 2m long so an area approx 4m in diameter is required as well as a flat, non carpeted floor.  

Attach the four legs (included) to raise the PowerAnchor for flight projects such as Skylap.

The four Power Anchor projects: 

Race & Chase, a simple fixed pulley vehicle suitable for school years 5 to 8. Find out more 

Helicar, a propeller driven car suitable for school years 7 - 9. Find out more

Protocar, an experimental flying car challenge suitable for school years 9 - 11. Find out more

Skylap, an airplane design project suitable for school years 7 - 10. Find out more