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September 14, 2010

Search for Clean Fuels

Move over, Prius: Ohio State undergrads have just shattered the land speed record for electric cars. At 307.7 mph, the Buckeye Bullet is no commuter coupe, but it reflects a growing interest in new fuel sources - in schools, as well as labs. This week, read how North Carolina students are converting gasoline-powered cars to electric, and then have your classes conduct experiments with hydrogen and ethanol.

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green fuel
Alternative energy offers advantages over shrinking fossil-fuel supplies, but harnessing it is a complex process. Here, middle school students learn about extracting hydrogen from water. In a separate activity, high school classes create ethanol from fermented foods.

Middle School Lesson
High School Activity

Tolbert's students
Engineer-turned-teacher, Christopher Tolbert inspires both at-risk and advanced students with projects that convert gasoline-powered cars to run on electricity. In Tolbert's high-octane classroom, "every student is held accountable."

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football video
The National Science Foundation, NBC, and the National Football League are producing a 10-part documentary aimed at middle and high school students that examines the science and math of pro football. When sports heroes talk, the theory goes, students will sit up and listen.

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eGFI cards
Coming soon - the colorful, new eGFI cards! The 15 cards from our homepage have been brought to life and sized just right (4" x 5"). An accompanying teachers guide offers fresh activities to inspire your students. The cards also encourage discussion of such challenges as ocean pollution, cyber-security, and robot development. Teacher tested and approved, the cards will be available soon on our eGFI store.

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know when they're available!


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