Join students Sophie, Tomás, Emma, and Marcus during Fifth Period! This STEM comic strip chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from their kooky, inspiring, off-the-wall science teacher, Mr. Kepler. When they're not in class, these kids love to explore the vast world of STEM on their own, launching weather balloons, programming computer games, and cataloging insects, sometimes with unpredictable and highly entertaining results!
Check back on the first and third Friday of every month for a new Fifth Period strip!
Emma is Oddly Energetic
Unbelievable! Not only has Emma rigged up her own motor vehicle, she’s using a fuel unlike any other—candy! There’s no way this could work. Right? RIGHT?
Actually, it’s not as weird as you think. In fact, people have been generating power and fueling vehicles with some arguably weirder things. Like this Poo-Powered Rickshaw made by the Denver Zoo (for getting folks around the grounds). And also this Coffee-Powered Car made British engineers (who knew coffee had THAT much pep?). One county in Florida is even generating power from trash!
What do these weird alternative fuels have in common? Well, some of them are WASTE, and all of them can be found in large quantities—so you don’t have to worry about running out anytime soon! While Emma’s fuel choice isn’t waste, it’s certainly in abundance this time of year, and who can pass up a good deal?
Think about it!
If you could run a vehicle on a fuel other than the regular ole’ fossil fuels we usually use, what would it be? Why would you choose that for fuel?