Wings and Thingamajigs (K-4 grade)
This illustrated children's picture book serves as the basis for a presentation geared toward students in grades K-4. The book tells the story of a fictional community of barn owls who learn that idling their vehicles pollutes the air, but that there are alternative forms of transportation, such as carpooling and walking to reduce emissions. Students will also participate in a friendly competition to see who can remember the most information from the story.
Idling Audit & Awareness Campaign (4-8 Grade)
Utilizing stopwatches and tally sheets, students monitor the pick up/drop off area outside of their school to count the number of vehicles idling more than 3 minutes. This data is analyzed to determine a baseline number of vehicles idling at the school. Students then develop an anti-idling awareness campaign targeted at increasing awareness of the health and environmental impacts of vehicle idling. A second audit is conducted following the awareness campaign to evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign.
A Farewell to Featherwagons (K-4 grade)
This illustrated children's picture book serves as the basis for a presentation geared toward students in grades K-4. The book tells the story of a fictional community of barn owls who learn that idling their vehicles pollutes the air, but that there are alternative forms of transportation, such as carpooling and walking to reduce emissions. An interactive game will follow the reading of the book aloud.
Daniel and his Electric Car (K-4 grade)
This presentation uses the book, “Daniel and his Electric Car”, to set the stage for an activity and discussion on alternatives to gasoline powered vehicles. The main character of this story book, Daniel, helps his family decide on which new vehicle to purchase. After the story is read aloud, students participate in an interactive discussion on what they would look for in a vehicle and various sources of fuel/power other than gasoline.
Drive It Green (5-8 grade)
Students participate in an activity designed to get them thinking about different reasons for purchasing a motor vehicle including fuel economy, alternative fuels, economic situation, etc. In an interactive format the students will learn about what fuel economy means and its importance to the environment as well as their wallet. Students will also be introduced to the idea of alternative fuel sources to the conventional gasoline powered vehicle.
Car Buyer Challenge (9-12 grade)
Students will begin to think about issues regarding choice in the car buying process. They will be given a role to play as either buyers or sellers of conventional and alternative fuel vehicles. The lesson is designed to get the students involved in a “mock” car buying process while promoting the options available for alternative fuel technologies.
Whats Air Got to Do With It (K-4 Grade)
What is Air? Why is it important? Through a series of experiments students will learn about the properties of air and learn about the atoms and molecules that surround us every day. Three properties of air will be featured: Air takes up space, Air has mass, and Air exerts pressure.
The Greenhouse Effect (4-8 Grade)
Students will build a small greenhouse and track the temperature change throughout the lesson. Students will learn about the greenhouse effect, the gases that make it possible, and the impact that it has on our planet
Carbon Footprint (4-8 Grade)
How can we better understand our impact that we have on our planet? Students will work through a series of questions that will help generate their carbon footprint. Establishing this measurement of planetary impact can help them make small changes in their lives that will have a positive effect on our planet.
Sustainability Workshop (3-8 Grade)
Sustainability can be challenging to explain and hard to understand. This classroom activity is designed to be an engaging and interactive discussion of the three pillars of sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental. Students will work together to address a particular issue through a sustainability lens.
Moving with STEM
Exploring Ramps and Friction (K-2 Grade)
Cars and ramps. Throughout this lesson students will play with different cars and a series of ramps that are coated in a different material. Students will be investigating the impact that these different surfaces have on their cars.
Wind Powered Cars (2-5 Grade)
Students will build a car that utilizes wind as its power source. Using provided materials students must create a vehicle that can travel using only the wind. A friendly competition will see which car is engineered the best by measuring the distance they travel.