Our school is made up of about two thousand students. We have a mix of races and socioeconomic backgrounds. We also have a large military population, so many of our students come from a wide variety of educational experiences. Our school, teachers, and students work hard each day.
I teach about one hundred high school students each day.
The way the curriculum is set up, students don't receive a lot of self-guided instruction until they reach high school. I work hard to make sure that the students get as many hands-on experiences as possible. I want to help prepare them for college and life after school. I try to make my class fun and interesting for the students.
My students will explore the concepts behind hybrid cars focusing on kinetic and potential energy. After examining the different types of energy production possible in a vehicle, students will design, create, and test a hybrid car that must successfully move 100 feet without a motor.
Real world application of engineering concepts is vital to creating a workforce that is prepared for the challenges they will face in the future.
To accomplish this project, my students are in need of a laptop computer, supplies that provide kinetic energy without the use of a motor, a pogo stick for an experiment requiring measurement of kinetic and potential energy, and miniature cars to act as models for the experiment.
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