In the second unit of the Fuel class, the Freshmen have been pursuing the question, how does matter become energy?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been studying the equations for work and power, the differences between kinetic and potential energy, and how to set up mathematical functions using word problems. Students visited the Tesla dealership to learn more about the efficiency and mechanics of these battery-powered vehicles. We talked to the resident expert, Kristopher Evans who told us everything we needed to know to understand the difference between fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, as well as where our electricity comes from and how it gets used.
The purpose of this Field Experience is to see the real-world relationship between energy and transportation, as well as what is possible for energy-efficient vehicles in the future.
At the end of this Field Experience, students will understand Tesla vehicles’ relationship to energy. They will have had engaged in conversation with an expert to understand where energy comes from, how it is transmitted, and how efficient Tesla cars are.