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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.
Students 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.
Following this procedure, eager engineers construct a working model of a piston system, similar to that in an internal combustion engine. Perfect for STEM or automotive technology classes, the activity comes complete with analysis and conclusion questions.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, 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 design parts for a scale-model, internal combustion engine using software.  In this engine lesson students work in groups to assemble an internal combustion engine. 
Have your techies read up on the details of how combustion engines work in an automobile. Create a set of accompanying response-to-reading questions and have your mechanical engineering or automotive technology class use this as a homework assignment.
In this scientific inventions instructional activity, learners research the German inventor (Rudolf Diesel) who developed the internal-combustion engine. Students write a short description of the inventor and his invention, and draw a picture to illustrate some aspect of their report.
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, 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. For this motion lesson, students build and test a model piston/crankshift system and discover why there is a maximum limit to how fast a car can travel.
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.
Young scholars study how an electric car operates.  In this electric car lesson students assemble an electric car motor from parts from an internal combustion engine.
Students determine how to lower the reliance on petroleum-based fuel. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students create concept cars for the future that using renewable energy.
Pupils 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. Pupils 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.
Young scholars 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.
Future mechanical engineers and automotive technicians read about various solutions to using gasoline in cars. Included are electric, fuel-cell-powered, and hybrid vehicles.

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