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ERIC Number: EJ1118636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
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Schnittka, Christine; Richards, Larry
Science Teacher, v83 n3 p25-32 Mar 2016
Solar energy is clean, free, and abundant worldwide. The challenge, however, is to convert it to useful forms that can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. This article presents an activity for physical science classes in which students learn firsthand how solar energy can be used to produce electricity specifically for transportation. The activity introduces students to solar-powered mass transit currently in use and then challenges them to create their own vehicle. When students create a successful solar-powered mass transportation vehicle, they use the engineering-design process to create designs that solve problems and carry out relevant scientific investigations. A link to the entire curriculum (in PDF or e-book format) can be found in the "On the web" section and is available at no cost to teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1247287