Exploring Energy Conversions with Alternative Vehicles

Students will perform a cost and environmental analysis of traditional and new alternative energy cars.

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THE SUMMARY

Strand & Standard ESS.4.3 Evaluate design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios on large and small scales. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, analyze available data on proposed solutions, and determine an optimal solution. Emphasize the conservation, recycling, and reuse of resources where possible and minimizing impact where it is not possible. Examples of large-scale solutions could include developing best practices for agricultural soil use or mining and production of conventional, unconventional, or renewable energy resources. Examples of small- scale solutions could include mulching lawn clippings or adding biomass to gardens. (ESS3.A, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C)

Lesson Performance Expectations

Students will perform a cost and environmental analysis of traditional and new alternative energy cars. Describe different alternative fuels and the vehicles they power.