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STEM: Automotive Technology Basics - How Traditional Cars Work

David Salch
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Comprehensive course into traditional vehicles, exploring how the major components work individually and together.

Class Experience

  • The goal of this class is basic understanding of the components and how they work together to make a functioning vehicle. This sets the foundation for self reliance in automotive use and repair, or even perhaps a career in the automotive world.
Early on in life I became fascinated by cars and the technology that makes them work. As a teenager I was tasked with maintaining the family business fleet of cars and trucks, which included diesels. I was rebuilding diesel injection pumps and tuning engines back in high school. This work/hobby has stayed with me through the decades as I maintained the understanding of the evolving technologies until today I maintain all my own farm equipment on my small farm. 

Couple the experience of how to do things with the deep understanding of how and why they work, and then add a unique ability to explain things in a easy to grasp way, and that describes this class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Each Week the student will have a project to complete using their own vehicle, usually locating and describing the parts discussed in class, even bringing back pictures.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Joined December, 2016
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Learning facts and skills is definitely important, but an often missed but critical piece of education is understanding the foundation. Without a proper understanding of the underlying principles of "how something works," the collection of facts... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
50 min

Completed by 1586 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
3-18 learners per class

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