The use of electricity has changed the face of the
Earth. Electricity not only has made living easier, but is important to
power different types of transportation. Many students do not realize
how difficult it was to create a machine that moves on its own.
Transportation is a way to move objects from
one location to another. Road, rail, water, air or pipelines are common
means used today. The list below shows different forms of transportation
and how they are powered.
- Read "A Child of Rancho Arroyo de la Alameda." Discuss
with students the mode of transportation back in the early 1800s.
Horses were the prime way for transportation from a single person to
moving with stagecoaches to wagons.
- Go over different modes of transportation. In
the lab, students will look closely at the development of trains and
how they are powered.
- Have students write a paragraph on the
different types of transportation used in the past or used today.
- There are many vehicles that are powered by
electric motors supplied with electricity from distant generating
stations. These vehicles include streetcars, electric trolleys,
railway, rapid transit lines, and electrified main-line railroads.
- Have students make a list of the different
types of transportation on the board and then name the type of fuel
that makes them move.