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Feature: Kart Me Away

evGrandPrix Line UpA Purdue University engineering professor has found that building and racing go-karts is a great way not only to interest his own students in science and engineering, but at-risk middle-school kids as well.

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N.C. Students Rev Their Green Engines

Go Green Go-KartA group of North Carolina students is literally on the fast track to going green. On May 19, design teams from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools raced their biofuel-powered vehicles in the annual Go Green Go-Kart Competition hosted by the school system’s career center. The contest drew a whopping 24 teams, up from 11 teams last year.

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Contest: Junior Solar Sprint, Florida, May 1, 2010

solarcarAs part of the 2010 Junior Solar Spring, Florida middle school students, grades 6-8, are invited to design, build and race Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) cars. The small model cars — powered entirely by solar energy and steered by wires — are built as team efforts guided by teachers. Date: May 1, 2010

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Lesson: Selling and Buying a Green Car

In this lesson, students investigate the growing concerns over automobile fuel sources. Using background information from PBS’s NewsHour Report, students engage in an activity of selling and buying an environmentally friendly car. They work together to consider what it means for a car to be “green”; which current vehicles are considered green, and why; and how automobile sellers might use information about environmental impact to sell their cars.

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