|Energy Fuel Cell Car Kit
Today the world is faced with a need for energy. Some of our energy sources are being depleted, and are polluting our environment. Energy and the ability to deliver energy are a foundation of life and civilization. In the next 10 to 50 years the world will be faced with dramatic challenges and changes of where it obtains its energy.
We have tried to create experiments that excite, engage, and challenge young people. Energy is everywhere around us, it is in the food we eat, the package it came in and the light around us. Water, Hydrogen and Oxygen in the fuel cell car are one of the fundamental chemical energy systems of world, and could be a possible future energy storage and delivery system for mankind. Think of this car and the accessories as a miniature version of the world energy systems. In the experiments we have also tried to open windows into the history and ongoing science of this endeavor.
K-4 Strand II requirements
The experiments were devised to allow teachers and students to go far beyond the described experiments. As a guide to do experiments and to analyze the results we have provided in the back of the manual experiment worksheet tables, and example data and plots.
Let the Exploration begin--
A note to safety: We have tried hard to devise experiments that allow the young explorer to make contact and obtain a real feel with hydrogen and oxygen, chemical energy, electrical energy safely. But be warned that there are hazards and w e will try to point them out and how to safely do experiments. Exploration has real risks. Doing experiments by its very nature is trying something that you have never tried before, so take precautions. I have included 10 commandments for experimenters at the back of the Manual. They are a little humorous and not a complete list but hopefully students will remembered them and use it a guideline to do safe experiments. Please use adult supervision and wear safety glasses or goggles. We want these e xplorations to lead to understanding, "why" is very important to us. It our hope that they will also make our own discoveries because there is so much more. The future will be theirs, make sure they have touched it.
This Manual was created through a grant from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, New Mexico) and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources
Your comments and observations are also welcome. Middle school (and other grade) teachers interested in the kits, please let us know.
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