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GM and the Volt

Posted on: March 22, 2010

I got an email from Tarun just before NSTA, he works for a PR firm employed by GM.  He asked if I would link to their site, since it is set up as a place for educators.  Rather than just provide a link, I asked him to write up something and I would post it here.  Below is what he wrote, reformatted, and minus the teacher testimonials; they didn’t play well on a blog.

General Motors’ Education Website, contact: is an online resource housing K-12 educational materials aimed at educating youth on topics related to the environment, alternative energy and technology.  General Motors, along with educational experts such as Weekly Reader, created this site as a resource to encourage discussion and interaction amongst students, teachers and parents.

Their goal is to foster enthusiasm about math and science by following these core principles:

Enlightenment – Assist in developing a student’s awareness of science, math, and technology issues.

Knowledge – Reinforce these issues with solid concepts and real-world applications.

Attitudes – Help personalize the student’s relationship with the global environment.

Action – Encourage students to make a difference.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and problem-solvers.  They will work to develop solutions to build a more sustainable future.  GM’s purpose for this site is to provide additional tools and inspiration.

Visit for:

Free Lesson Plans: GM, Weekly Reader and other educational experts have teamed up to create free teacher lesson plans that explore real-world environmental and technological topics. Visit the site and browse the plans by grade level,  topic and national standard. Lesson plans are also available in Spanish.

Educational Games: These online games for students explore science and technological concepts in fun and interactive ways.  Suitable for all grade levels.

Interactive Graphics: These features demonstrate how technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells and internal combustion engines function.

Educational Articles: Students and teachers can find articles about a variety of current topics related to the environment, energy and technology.

Coloring Pages: These printable pages allow young students to color and decorate pictures of various GM vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvette.

“Teach Green” Blog for Teachers: This section of the website was created as a gateway for “green” educators to share their experiences and inspirations for teaching lessons about the environment, energy and technology. We’re also always looking for new blog writers so if you know teachers who are teaching “green” in fun and innovative ways and they want to share their classroom stories, e-mail us at

Educator Newsletter: This newsletter provides educators with the latest updates and news from the Web site.


3 Responses to "GM and the Volt"

aww I thought we were getting pictures like this:

They had the chassis only to show off the batteries and other guts. You have to remember, this is a science teacher’s conference. I’ve actually not seen a photo of the car before, that’s a pretty hot looking vehicle.

I am sorry to say that the photo linked in Andrew’s post was the “concept” vehicle for the Volt. So it was beautiful and sexy, but as it turns out, it’s not particularly aerodynamic or EV friendly in terms of design. You can check out pictures of the production vehicle here:

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