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Transportation

Topic: Transportation


Elementary Transportation Fuels Infobook

Students explore conventional and alternative transportation fuels such as petroleum-based fuels, ethanol, electricity, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, and propane. Student backgrounders and suggested activities are included.


 



Exploring Hybrid Buses

These guides teach students about hybrid electric buses and encourage them to evaluate the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of such vehicles.  Download sample performance data for the hybrid bus activities from Kentucky's Hybrid Horsepower Project.  


 



H2 Educate Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
H2 Educate Student Guide  (e-publication)

Intermediate and secondary students are introduced to hydrogen as an important energy carrier both as a fuel for distributed generation and as a transportation fuel. Students conduct experiments in electrolysis, learn about atomic structure and the periodic table, make element models, simulate how a fuel cell works, and explore a hydrogen fuel cell car kit.

 




Hybrid Buses

These guides teach students about hybrid electric buses and encourage them to evaluate the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of such vehicles.

  
  



Transportation Fuels Debate

Students evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of conventional and alternative transportation fuels in a debate format. Teacher instructions and masters are included to help students develop arguments on the merits of each fuel.


 



Transportation Fuels Enigma (e-publication)

Students put on their detective hats to research clues to uncover energy facts about transportation fuels in this cooperative learning activity. Teams use reading, brainstorming, and organizational skills to hide the identity of their transportation fuel while trying to guess which fuels the other teams represent. Teacher instructions and masters are included. Browser based HTML Version (zipped file) and Instructions for Use       


 



Transportation Fuels Infobook

Students explore conventional and alternative transportation fuels such as petroleum-based fuels, ethanol, electricity, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, and propane. Student backgrounders and suggested activities are included. 


  



Transportation Fuels Rock Performances (e-publication)

Student rock bands write songs and sing about transportation fuels in this entertaining activity. Audiences learn more from these energy rock stars as they tell their stories to interviewers out to get the latest scoops. Teacher and student instructions are included, along with sample songs and interviews.


   



 

Science of Racing

Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Elementary Teacher  (e-publication)
Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Elementary Student   (e-publication)

The objective of this activity is to compare racing fuels, and list the pros and cons of different racing fuels.






Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Secondary Teacher  (e-publication)
Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Secondary Student   (e-publication)

The objective of this activity is to compare racing fuels, and list the pros and cons of different racing fuels.





 

Get Your Motors Running  (e-publication)

In this activity students will identify components of an engine, compare motors and generators, and compare similarities and differences between racing engines and personal vehicle engines.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary
 



Polymers and Auto Racing  (e-publication)

The objective of this activity is to compare polymers used in racing.

Elementary Intermediate SecondaryTechnology

 


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