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 is 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 will attend 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, does the team Go-Kart, as students assemble it with their team leader, a Citrus College Automotive Technology student. Throughout the learning experience, students earn extra credit to 'purchase' parts or upgrades to improve performance of the team Go-Kart. It all comes together on the APEX track when students complete timed trials, one team member at a time "Enduro style," to earn the coveted best overall team time!

For information about the program, please contact Ms. Terry Adams, tadams@citruscollege.edu  

APEX Description
Students learn how an automobile works using the mathematical and scientific principles of the Go-Kart. Topics include:
      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 Friction
      o Vacuum/Pressure (Boyle's Law/Venturi Effect)
      o Mass/Inertia (Engine theory)
      o Aerodynamics
      o Heat

Partner middle schools are central to student success during the summer experience and they pay a share of implementation costs.

Northview Intermediate, Duarte USD
BEST TIME: Grey Team 58.76 seconds
Students on the Grey Team