Engines Power Motion


This actvity focuses on allowing students to explore how stored energy can be converted into kinetic energy, using demonstrations of example systems and hands­‐on activities with simple engines. Students interact with low temperature Stirling engines that can be powered from body heat and explore how heat can be used to create mechanical energy. A demonstration illustrates how a small cart can be powered by a candle. A task challenges the students to build a working steam powered top, powered by a candle to produce circular motion. Students also learn about fossil fuels and energy sources.


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