The Chemistry – Car Connection is a collaborative effort between Mrs. Thompson’s chemistry students and Mr. Koutoulas’ technology students. These classrooms collaborated to investigate the numerous ways in which cars are connected to chemistry. The project began with the formation of cooperative groups of students who conducted computer research to label a car diagram with all of the chemical compounds and mixtures, including fluids, which make up a car. Students identified and recorded chemical reactions involved in the car’s operation. We conducted lab exercises in which we tested some of the physical and chemical properties of several car fluids. The second phase of the project focused on reactions that power cars. In today’s environmentally conscience society,however, there is much attention on alternatively powered vehicles. Students collected cooking oil from our cafeteria and then filtered that oil with a device they constructed themselves. Finally, students designed and constructed plastic bottle cars, which are fueled by a double displacement reaction. Students used guidelines established by the American Society of Chemical Engineers to race their cars and determine the best reaction process.
Grades 9-12, Science
Wolfe County High School, Wolfe County
Title Of Project: The Chemistry – Car Connection
ARI Innovations Mini Grant Recipient