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Date: March 16, 2009
FuelOurFutureNow.com is Launched by X PRIZE, DOE, Discovery Education
This past February at the Washington Auto Show, the X PRIZE Foundation, the United States Department of Energy, and Discovery Education launched the first phase of an online knowledge center designed to teach K-12 students and the public about advanced vehicle technologies, energy efficiency, climate change, alternative fuels, and the science, technology, engineering and math that underlie efficient vehicle development.
FuelOurFutureNow.com features activities for grade levels K-12, as well as high-quality videos, virtual labs, and other interactive resources intended for use from the classroom to the living room. This online knowledge center is just one component of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Education Program, a national program designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in energy-efficient sciences and technology, made possible through a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The goal of the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE is to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles that offer more consumer choices. A ten million dollar prize purse will be split between teams that win a stage competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 Mile Per Gallon equivalent fuel economy (MPGe). www.FuelOurFutureNow.com serves as an interactive online portal offering stimulating STEM lessons and resources for students, teachers and families as the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE competition unfolds.
Together, parents and students can explore a variety of grade appropriate STEM topics through a number of exciting activities. K-2 students will be challenged to find out what makes cars go, while students in grades 3-5 will focus on building the skills needed to learn about force and motion and efficient energy transfer within a vehicle. Students in grades 6-8 will investigate fuel efficiency and develop a futuristic, energy efficient vehicle, and high school students will be tasked with analyzing patterns in mass transit issues.
Posted by Eric Ward on 3/23/09
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