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Alternative Fuels (Pathfinder Honor)

Alternative Fuels (Pathfinder Honor)

NAD Honor


This honor is presented to those students who complete the requirements for this course and obtain a solid understanding of alternative fuel sources.


    1. Explain the difference between a conventional fuel and an alternative fuel?

    2. Briefly describe each of the following alternative fuels and their benefits:

      a. Algae Based Fuels              b. Bio alcohol              c. Biodiesel

      d. Hydrogen                               e. Electricity                f. Ethanol

      g. Liquid Nitrogen                   h. Methanol                 i. Natural Gas

      j.  Non-fossil Methane            k. Nuclear Power       l. Propane

      m. Vegetable Oil

    3. Discover at least three reasons why alternative fuels are important?

    4. What are some advantages of alternative fuels?Disadvantages of alternative fuels?

    5. Illustrate through drawings, sketches, or photographs, the elements that make up natural gas.

    6. Explain the difference between compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas?

    7. Draw the steps or view an electronic animation that illustrates the alternate fuel conversion process as used in the automobile industry.

    8. Describe how a propane vehicle operates.

    9. Discuss with a group the importance of finding alternative fuel methods.

    10. Do two of the following individually or as a group:

      a. Visit a facility that produces an alternative fuel of your choice. Prepare and give an oral presentation on your activity.

      b. Create a science project demonstration that illustrates how an alternative fuel can be used.

      c. Have someone who works in the alternative fuels industry come and speak to you or your group.

      d. Calculate and demonstrate cost savings for modern alternative fuel/hybrid vehicles. Demonstrate your finding through a presentation, display, or verbal report.

    11. Discuss with a group the following texts as they relate to alternative fuels.

      a. Psalm 24:1

      b. Colossians 1:16-17

      c. John 1:3


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