Energy, Power and Transportation Technology (40 weeks) New Course!
This new course combines the automotive technology and the transportation technology 20 week courses into one full credit (40 week) course. The new text book "Energy, Power, and Transportation Technology" by Len Litowiz and Ryan Brown is an excellent resource that will help guide the course content.
Transportation technology is the study of land, marine, and aerospace transportation methods that move people and/or products. Students will study the basic history of various modes of transportation and then create models in a fun, competitive exercise. In doing so students will learn about the various energy and power sources that make our society function. this class is designed to interest students in persuing secondary education in the rapid growing careers in renewable energy technologies. Students will become informed of the limiting supply for fossil fuels and the push to search for clean renewables. There are many technical careers that are related to this course including: mechanical, electricial, logistics, engineering, etc.
This unit covers the basic fundamentals of automotive repair. It is designed to teach students how to perform routine preventative maintenance and care on their personal vehicles such as: tire changing, rotating, patching, balancing; changing oil, spark plugs, exhaust, brakes, starters, alternators, light bulbs, batteries; and a complete engine overhaul. A special look at alternative modes of land transportation will also be studied.
Students will learn the basic types of boat hull designs and materials used to create them. They will learn common boating terms and be able to apply learned content to purchase and maintain personal water crafts.
The Flight unit consist of the study of Bernoulli's Principle and Newton's Laws of Motion followed by the development of a model air foil design. Students are always encouraged to bring in additional projects from home that relate to the topic of study.
COMMUNITY BIKES PROGRAM: shown above are some of the donated bicycles that students repair in preparation for the big BIKE-GIVE-A-WAY. Over 50 bicycles were worked on in the first year and another 30 or more have maintenanced over the course of the past two years.
Solar heat gain device built by using only aluminum cans and a roll of heat duct tape, 2 x 4's, plywood, and a used window.
The air moves through a series of "s" channels to increase surface area. The solar radiation heats the cans which then heats the air inside.
Students soldered recycled base board heating core units together to conconstruct a solar hot water heater.
Since metal is a good conductor of heat, students cut up scrap metal to incorporate into their solar projects.