Since my son has declared this his next intended field of study, I needed
some good resources myself. I hope these help.
Car Engines- "The Car Movie"
Although some of the site is not free, this particular movie is completely
gratis. This movie is roughly second- or third-grade level, but a younger
child who is interested enough may be able to follow along. There's a
follow-along quiz at the end to see if you really learned anything. Rating:
4 out of 5. (Note: It may be necessary to go to the main BrainPop site at
brainpop.com, click on "technology", and then click on "cars." This link
only worked for me some of the time.)
How Stuff Works- How Car Engines Work
For those students wanting to know how the entire car works, you can back up
a step and go to http://auto.howstuffworks.com
For car engine specifics,
however, go straight to the source. This site starts with an introduction,
then goes onto the "basics," both of which may be above the level of a
first- or second-grader. This site has great detail, however, and does an
excellent job of breaking down the different parts into manageable chunks.
Recommended for third-grade or older. Rating: 5 out of 5.
Automotive Learning Online
Although I found the frames irritating, the site itself is informative and
intuitive. I love being able to select which area you want more information
on and actually getting more information with a simple mouse-over. Parts of
the site might be usable as young as kindergarten age with a little help
from a parent or older sibling to translate the bigger words, but I'd
recommend it for third-grade and up. Rating: 4 out of 5.
Auto Junction- Auto Technology
Although this site is exhaustive in the amount of information to be found,
it isn't as intuitive as some of the other sites and is definitely
recommended for at least middle school grades and up (high school is more
likely). Very detailed information and lots of it if you're willing to dig
a little. Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5.
Jiffy Lube- How Cars Work
Touted as "an interactive learning tool to help everyday people understand
how their cars work." Although the site is intended for adults, the
animations are simple to follow (even if the words aren't always). My one
complaint is that everything is broken down TOO far and you have to look at
several different systems to actually understand how the engine works. A
great site for someone who wants to learn how to fix their own car. Rating:
3 out of 5.
Think Quest- The Physics That Powers Automobiles
Created by kids for kids, this is roughly fifth-grade level or higher and a
little difficult to read. It is thorough, however, and explained in terms
kids can understand. Rating: 3 out of 5.
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute- Transportation
This is a curriculum unit for middle school students, although it could
possibly be modified up or down a couple of grades. Although it is very
cut-and-dried, it may be a good introduction for the parent who is trying to
get a grasp on engines before starting a unit with an interested child.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5.
I hope this helps!!
From: owlmoons [mailto:Owlmoons@...
Subject: [hs reviews] [QYERY]Learning Parts of a Car Engine
Can anyone help with some links to learning parts of a car engine?
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