Showing posts with label Automobiles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Automobiles. Show all posts

Saturday, March 19, 2022

A Lesson About Gas

Whenever I fill up my car's gas tank I'm thankful that I don't have a car that requires high octane gasoline. What is high octane gasoline anyway? Is is really significantly better than regular unleaded gasoline? And why is gasoline "unleaded?" Those questions and more are answered in this relatively new Reactions video



Applications for Education
Over the years I've had lots of students who were aspiring mechanics. One that I had last year was always moaning about how his car could only run on high octane gasoline and that it was so expensive. A video like this one could help those students understand how gasoline is actually produced and how the octane rating is measured.

On a related note, here are some good tools for annotating videos.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Our Growing Cars - An Infographic

Despite constantly increasing gasoline prices the average size of our vehicles continues to grow (I'm not helping decrease that average by driving a full-size pickup truck). Cool Infographics recently shared an infographic that depicts how much vehicles have grown over the last forty plus years. Click here to view it on the source page or check it out below.

Applications for Education
When I saw this infographic my first thoughts went to students in the automotive programs in the technical school in my district. The infographic will be of interest to them because of the some of the vehicles in the pictures (who doesn't like a Porsche?). But beyond that I can see this infographic being the jumping off point for a short lesson in the evolution of the technology in cars.

Outside of the technical school setting I can see this infographic being the catalyst for a conversation about the socio-economics of the United States. For example, I might ask my students to investigate the question, "why do our vehicles continue to grow in size while fuel costs continue to rise?" 

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Visual History of American Automobiles

Did you know that Ted Leonsis, the owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals and soon-to-be majority owner of the NBA's Washington Wizards, is a prolific blogger? I did and that's why, despite being a Bruins fan, a small part of me felt bad about watching his team lose in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Everyday, Mr. Leonsis writes posts about sports, technology, business, and new media. Today, one of his posts featured a neat website that is attempting to catalog the brochures of every American car manufacturer in the 20th Century.

American Car Brochures scans and displays the brochures that you would have found in automobile dealers' showrooms in the 20th Century. The brochures are organized by manufacturer and by year. The scans are of a very high quality which makes it easier to read the fine on some of the brochures. Below is an image of the brochure for the 1955 Packard Clipper.















Mr. Leonsis is also one of the major investors in Snag Films. I've written about Snag Films many times in the past, check out two of those posts here and here.


Applications for Education
A resource like American Car Brochures is an easily-accessed resource that could be used to in a history lesson about 20th Century US history. American Car Brochures could also be used as a historical reference in a graphic design or advertising design course.

Monday, March 16, 2009

For High School Students - Buying Your First Car

Today's episode of CNN Student News includes some good advice for high school students (and adults) to consider before buying that first used car. The car buying advice appears in the middle of the episode. The video is embedded below.


Applications for Education
This video might be worth including in a driver education class.