exploring alternative energy through electric vehicle racing


electric vehicle, racing, alternative energy, environmental protection


While many of these gases (e.g., carbon dioxide) are necessary to sustain life, their presence has dramatically increased due to the burning of fossil fuels (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2019a, 2019b). [...]the consumption of fossil fuels, and the subsequent impact on the environment, has been of growing interest and concern for decades (England, 1994; Tverberg, 2012; Michieka, Fletcher, & Burnett, 2013; Zhang, 2011; Shafiee & Topal, 2009). Awareness has heightened as the World Health Organization has published that nearly 4.2 million premature deaths globally are attributed to ambient air pollution resulting from the burning of fossil fuels (World Health Organization, 2019). [...]electric vehicle technology is one of the fastest-growing, and ever-evolving, sectors of the energy industry (TR Fastenings, 2019). At the very least, an electric go-kart in any STEM classroom will provide students with a tangible and ready answer for the question, "When am I ever going to use this knowledge?" Additional Resources Available Online: Daily Activities Bike Seat Challenge Worksheet Fossil Fuels and Electric Vehicles Worksheet Mini Kart Design Checklist SCAMPER Activity Worksheet www.iteea.org/TETNov19SRC.aspx The authors would like to thank the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-Mac; www.Durdue.edu/in-mac/) for their generous support of this project.

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Jones, M., & Bartholomew, S. R. (2019). Teaching Engineering Concepts through Socially Relevant Contexts: exploring alternative energy through electric vehicle racing. Technology & Engineering Teacher, 79(3), 28–32.

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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology



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Assistant Professor