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Teach your environmental studies, life science, or engineering class how an internal combustion engine works using the first few slides of the accompanying presentation. Then, focus in on the resulting carbon emissions. Finally, take a peek at possible alternative-fuel-powered automobiles and consider public transportation. That is all that the lesson entails, but there are links to additional resources that may help you to develop these concepts more thoroughly.
Students explain the four stroke process in internal combustion engines. In this physics lesson, students role play this process and present their reenactment in class. They draw and label the diagram of an internal combustion engine.
High schoolers perform an experiment which simulates what happens inside an internal combustion engine. They explain how the chemical reaction they witnessed is similar to what happens inside the car engine.
Students design parts for a scale-model, internal combustion engine using software.  In this engine activity students work in groups to assemble an internal combustion engine. 
If you have a Hoffman apparatus or some other hydrolysis equipment, you can carry out this plan with your high schoolers. Through it, chemistry stars discover how redox reactions can serve as a possible source of electrical energy. They diagram the fuel cell, write the equation for the reaction, and calculate its efficiency. As an extension, have learners research the current use of hydrogen fuel cells and share their discoveries with the class.
Students examine the relationship between energy and the environment. In groups, they participate in experiments to discover the law of thermodynamics and the differences between potential, kinetic and mechanical forms of energy. They examine the different types of fossil fuels and determine which alternatives would be best for the environment.
Students identify the different sources of fossil fuels. In this environmental science lesson plan, students research about how these impact our environment. They explore renewable energy sources that could replace fossil fuels.
Students explore car engines. In this car engine and energy lesson, students construct a crankshaft system and discover how energy transfer makes an engine run.
Students create piston systems and explore the conversion of linear to rotary motion that propels a car. In this motion instructional activity, students build and test a model piston/crankshift system and discover why there is a maximum limit to how fast a car can travel.
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, 6th graders read a passage about the invention of the first internal-combustion engine to burn fuel efficiently and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 4 questions.
Students study how an electric car operates.  In this electric car lesson students assemble an electric car motor from parts from an internal combustion engine.
Middle schoolers determine how to lower the reliance on petroleum-based fuel. In this environmental stewardship lesson plan, students create concept cars for the future that using renewable energy.
Learners study paintings, sculptures and of objects d'art as documents to study the 19th century Industrial Revolution. In this art history lesson, students study a chronological timeline of art during the Industrial Revolution. Learners read about the art and artists of this method and time.
In this advanced critical reading worksheet, students read a passage about ethanol then answer questions. Students make inferences, determine author's purpose and use context clues to find the meaning of unknown words in the passage.
Students discover how the public's perceptions of science have changed throughout recent history; then research scientific and technological breakthroughs in a variety of areas. They then create plays that allow scientists to encounter both the beneficial and harmful repercussions of their work.
Learners explain the basic principles of gasoline engines as propulsion for vehicles. They cite reasons why alternatives for gasoline engines are being considered and explain differences between a motor and an engine.
After reading about marine engineers and naval architects, it's all hands on deck to design and test a speed boat. This lesson is designed for the Next Generation Science Standards in engineering and can be a centerpiece for a STEM lesson or a physical science unit on kinetic and potential energy and Newton's laws of motion.
Getting kids thinking about climate change now, will hopefully push them into action when they become adults. Young environmentalists discuss the evidence and causes of climate change seen in the state of California. They brainstorm ways people can change or reduce the effects of climate change through environmental action. They each make a series of slogans based on their findings to encourage everybody to pitch in for the sake of the environment. The slogans are drawn or written onto stickers to be placed on bikes, cars, desks, or waterbottles.
How has automobile technology affected the United States and its citizens? After reading an introductory article, class members participate in a jigsaw activity designed to explore this question. After gathering information and filling out responses to the provided questions, pupils compose a five-paragraph essay using their research as evidence.
Discussion, reading, and critical thinking are only some of the things learners will be doing in this four-part unit on alternative fuels. They read about different fuel sources, how they are manufactured, and the pros and cons of each type. They'll research alternative fuels and use their findings to conduct several panel-style discussions on the topic. Everything needed is included via web links.

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