STEM Curriculum for an Electrathon America Car

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This resource was developed by the Kent Career and Technical Center through seed funding from the CAAT and is a project-based curriculum that revolves around the construction of a working electric powered vehicle that will be entered into an Electrathon America race. This curriculum guides students through the design, build, and test process with their electric powered vehicle. Curriculum experiences include a combination of classroom, lab learning, on-site work experiences, and exposure to emerging green career pathways. The curriculum developed includes mathematics and science standards for Physics, P1-P4, with an emphasis on forces and motion, energy, and electricity for grades 9-12.

Description:

This resource was developed by the Kent Career and Technical Center through seed funding from the CAAT and is a project-based curriculum that revolves around the construction of a working electric powered vehicle that will be entered into an Electrathon America race. This curriculum guides students through the design, build, and test process with their electric powered vehicle. Curriculum experiences include a combination of classroom, lab learning, on-site work experiences, and exposure to emerging green career pathways. The curriculum developed includes mathematics and science standards for Physics, P1-P4, with an emphasis on forces and motion, energy, and electricity for grades 9-12. Listed below are the units and lessons included in the curriculum:

Unit 1: Project Introduction

  • Lesson1 (U1L1) Electric Car Research
  • Lesson2 (U1L2) NECA Car
  • Lesson3 (U1L3) Project Management
  • Lesson4 (U1L4) Enrichment Activity - Early Design Concepts

Unit 2: Safety Training

  • Lesson1 (U2L1) Shop Safety Rules
  • Lesson2 (U2L2) Safety and First Aid

Unit 3: Electricity

  • Lesson1 (U3L1) Basics

Unit 4: CAD

  • Lesson1 (U4L1) Basic CAD and Sketching

Unit 5: Mechanical Systems

  • Lesson1 (U5L1) Power Transmission
  • Lesson2 (U5L2) Steering
  • Lesson3 (U5L3) Acceleration and Braking

Unit 6: Electrical System

  • Lesson1 (U6L1) Batteries / Motor
  • Lesson2 (U6L2) Motor Controller



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under
Grant No. 1003032. 

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Classification:
Electric Machines and Power Electronics
Energy Storage and Battery Technology
HEV/EV System Technologies (HEV, EV, and Plug-in HEV)
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Production: Manufacturing, Assembly, and Operations
Resource Type:
Lesson Plan
Other
Institution:
Kent Intermediate School District
Author & Title:
Kent Intermediate School District
Date Developed:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Keywords:
CAD,Electrical,Electric Car,Electrathon,EV,Mechanical,Safety,STEM
Education Level:
High School (9-12)
Audience:
Educators