The Automotive Physics Engineering eXperience (APEX) program was funded by a grant through the Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges for the Career-Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB70); donations from Lucas Oil and the Technician Development Center/Citrus College, during three sessions: summer 2012, summer 2013 and summer 2014.
Automotive Physics Engineering eXperience (APEX) hosted by Citrus College aligns intermediate school math and science standards with the engineering of a car. The program was funded by a CCCCO grant*, Lucas Oil and the Technician Development Center/Automotive Technology in the Curriculum, Career/Technical and Continuing Education division.
During summer 2014, middle school girls and boys attended three weeks of foundational theory classes followed by applied (hands-on) learning in the lab (nicknamed "Gasoline Alley") housed in the Citrus College Technician Development Center. As lessons progress so, too, did the team Go-Kart, as students assembled it with their team leader, a Citrus College Automotive Technology student. Throughout the learning experience, students earned extra credit to 'purchase' parts or upgraded to improve performance of the team Go-Kart. It all came together on the APEX track when students completed timed trials, one team member at a time "Enduro style," earning the coveted best overall team time!
For information about the program, please contact Ms. Terry Adams,
Students learned how an automobile works using the mathematical and scientific principles of the Go-Kart. Topics included:
o Simple machines
o Torque and horsepower
o Geometry (steering, suspension, center of gravity)
o Fluid/hydraulics (Pascal's Law)
o Electrical (Ohm's Law and Watt's Law)
o Chemistry (Combustion, fuel)
o Gear Reduction and Ratios (Torque and Speed)
o Vacuum/Pressure (Boyle's Law/Venturi Effect)
o Mass/Inertia (Engine theory)
Partner middle schools are central to student success during the summer experience and they paid a share of implementation costs.
Northview Intermediate, Duarte USD
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