The parent company of Chevrolet, General Motors, launched the Electrifying Engineering series as support for remote-learning programs in schools all around the world. The free educational video series wants to help parents, teachers, and students who are seeking alternative ways to keep young minds active and inspired at home by providing hands-on activities on Youtube and educating kids about electric vehicle technology.
Started last June, Electrifying Engineering is airing new episodes every Sunday until July 2020. It includes electric car charging, electric car motors, autonomous vehicle sensors, and other activities, all of which are hosted by different members of the GM team. Each episode, viewers will conduct an interactive engineering project using everyday household items. Experiment instructions are also available for download.
Below are the available Electrifying Engineer episodes on GM’s YouTube channel:
How to Make an Electric Motor
General Motors Engineer, Kris Sevel, demonstrates what makes electric cars move and how to make your worn electric motor using household supplies
How to Measure Air Quality Near Your Home
General Motors Environmental Engineer, Sophia Borroni-Bird, demonstrates how students can measure air quality with this at-home experiment.
How Autonomous Vehicles See the Road
General Motors Autonomous Engineering Manager, Charles Muse, teaches students how autonomous vehicles see the road through this online STEM lesson.
How to Design Your Own Car
General Motors designers show students how to imagine, design, and draw cars of the future.
How Batteries Work
General Motors Battery Engineer, Andy Oury, and his son show students how to make a battery at home and explain how batteries work in this online engineering STEM lesson.
For children ages 7-13, the video series advises that activities must have adult supervision with proper safety precautions such as wearing gloves and safety glasses during experiments. Viewers can share their projects online using the hashtag #ElectrifyingEngineering.