This resource is composed of materials from Wayne State University's professional development workshops which are designed to introduce educators to hybrid electric and electric vehicle fundamentals. Included materials are an event agenda, faculty presentations, and fliers.
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AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and forecasts of air quality across the country. The organization's home page features news articles, information on the Air Quality Index (AQI), and highlighted forecasts for areas with AQIs of special concern. An interactive map shows weather systems, winds, and areas where air quality is likely to be compromised by ozone, particulates, ultraviolet radiation, or other pollutants, with links to current conditions, forecasts, and webcams for selected cities. There are also links to educational materials on air quality for younger students, interactive features and visual materials for older students, and curriculum materials for teachers. Other resources include information on AQI for health providers, older adults, and TV weathercasters; information on air quality and personal health, smoke from fires, and links to air quality information from other countries.
This website emphasizes the strength of active learning, in which students solve problems on their own, and cooperative learning, in which students work in teams on problems under conditions that assure both positive interdependence and individual accountability, over a teacher-centered approach. It provides a list of the work of Dr. R.M. Felder, who has published extensively on this subject, as well as links to related online resources.
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- Teaching/Learning Strategy
- Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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- Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
- North Carolina State University
- Richard M. Felder
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Students are introduced to measuring and identifying sources of air pollution, as well as how environmental engineers try to control and limit the amount of air pollution. In Part 1, students are introduced to nitrogen dioxide as an air pollutant and how it is quantified. Major sources are identified, using EPA bar graphs. Students identify major cities and determine their latitudes and longitudes. They estimate NO2 values from color maps showing monthly NO2 averages from two sources: a NASA satellite and the WSU forecast model AIRPACT. In Part 2, students continue to estimate NO2 values from color maps and use Excel to calculate differences and ratios to determine the model's performance. They gain experience working with very large numbers written in scientific notation, as well as spreadsheet application capabilities.
- Atmospheric Science
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- Provider Set:
- TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
- CREAM GK-12 Program, Engineering Education Research Center, College of Engineering and Architecture,
- Farren Herron-Thorpe (Developer), Engineering Science, Washington State University
Students define and classify alloys as mixtures, while comparing and contrasting the properties of alloys to those of pure substances. Students learn that engineers investigate the structures and properties of alloys for biomedical and transportation applications. Pre- and post-assessment handouts are provided.
Acting as engineering teams, students take measurements and make calculations to determine the specific strength of various alloys and then report their data to the rest of the class. Using this class data, students write data-based recommendations to NASA regarding the best alloy to use in the construction of the engine and engine turbines for the Space Launch System that will eventually be used to transport astronauts to Mars.
These modules were originally presented to First Responders during a two-day workshop at the North Carolina Solar Center (now known as the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center) and were taught by National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium trained instructors. Three separate modules were used to educate them on the properties, technology, and safety precautions to take when working with alternative fuel vehicles utilizing gaseous fuels, biofuels, and electric drivetrains.