Fuel Cell Education
Dictionary Concept PDF Print
Written by Jan Edwards   
Saturday, 19 March 2011 14:19

I like the idea of a dictionary. Currently we have roll over style defintions. A quick example is the toaster in the Mayors House.

Tell me more about how you think the dictionary would work. When you click on a word do you get the definition or do you get the whole dictionary open to the page with that definition? Is the dictionary an item in your backpack that you can page through at any time?

I'm also working on a hangman game right now. Do you have 8 to 10 words that are commonly used in discussing fuel cells that I can add to the game? The hint for each word will be the definition.

Dictionary PDF Print
Friday, 04 March 2011 14:49

Is CoM planning to get a dictionary?

A dictionary (that is hyperlinked) could be of great benefit to all the parts of the city, and would be very helpful when explaining fuel cells with words that are not common for middle schoolers to know off-hand. By having a dictionary, concepts could be explained using words that could be hyperlinked to the dictionary, instead of having to try to involve a definition in the concept script. This would also be good because overlap of harder words in different areas of CoM could be defined in one spot, rather than defined in multiple times throughout CoM.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2011 12:57
City of Materials Project PDF Print
Written by Dan Lewis   
Friday, 25 February 2011 14:26

The City of Materials Project has begun at Rensselaer.  We are teaching a project based class called "Fundamentals of Fuel Cells" to develop materials suitable for teaching middle school students about fuel cells.  This project is sponsored by the NSF through the Great Lakes Fuel Cell Education Partnership and involves the ASM City of Materials (http://www.cityofmaterials.net).

Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 14:33
Interactive Station: Fuel Cell Applications PDF Print
Friday, 25 February 2011 13:45

Interactive station: Fuel Cell Applications

Table: Visuals of various fuel cells that give relations of size to power density. Will include examples of how fuel cells are used in real life: cars, buses, portable electronics, and NASA. Refer to stationary stack with a picture with a person and building standing next to it (power the Science Center!)

Wall: Fuel cell in an actual application. For example: car, cut-away view of the car with the chassis and interior components where the students can see the location of the fuel cell. They can then access an exploded view of the fuel cell system: fuel input and stack, down to individual cells, then to membranes and such. We would also like to do the same for NASA applications, such as the Apollo or Gemini spacecraft.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 14:10
Fast/Fun Facts Update PDF Print
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 22:28

Fun Facts and Quick Facts Update: Nadine Alexis, Madeline Muench, Brian Williams

The point of this form of interaction is to show students that chemistry (and materials science) related to fuel cells can be found with everyday objects. This will, in turn, help to increase interest in science and engineering. The four ideas are:

1.  Water splitting in glass of water (or similar water related item)
  • electroylsis
  • link to video of electroylsis experiment
  • potential for clean energy generation and the hydrogen economy

2. Electroplating on a pile of coins

  • electrochemistry is everywhere, causes rust, operation of batteries, and electoplating
  • modern pennies and quarters are not pure metals but metals that are coated with other metals to save cost and maintain appearance
  • provide electroplating method
  • picture and a link to a video

3. Fuel cell on a laptop (or other consumer electronic device)

  • larger energy density than batteries
  • graph of performance
  • would require some infrastructure change or a one time use disposal or resysle system (Na-Si rechargable system is an idea here - see other team's work)
4. Teflon on pots and pans in Mayor's kitchen
  • Non stick (hints at chemical structure)
  • Show the structure
  • Other uses in electrodes and membranes
Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 14:08
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