Coursework

SmarterSTEM coursework follows a standardized format to ensure the most effective instructional results. This format was originally developed for our Advanced Fuel curricula, but is equally as useful in our other CTE coursework.  Projects and educational content are updated on an ongoing basis as new components, subsystems, software and products are introduced by manufacturers:

Forward
Project background, acknowledgement and references
Introduction
Target audience, safety, tools, history, future vision
Pre-Requirements
Coursework, skills, safety, other qualifying factors
Design
Component configuration, assembly comparisons, specifications, parts lists, schematics, fabrication drawings and theory of operation
Lab/Vehicle Preparation
Project measurements, weight-to-size proportion, drive train, other moving parts
Fabrication
Motor and Trans/Drive interface, cabling, connectors, CNC machining, mounting hardware
Assembly
Component location, cable routing, wiring, user/driver interfaces
Testing
Pre/post assembly comparisons, software programming, battery management interfaces, battery balancing, other power considerations
Specifications
Energy use and efficiency, acceleration, speed on terrain, range, charge time, mechanical efficiency 
Users Guide
Features, charging procedure, trip planning, load management, starting, shifting, braking, accessories, parking, new component break-in, towing, storage  
Maintenance
Safety, tires, brakes, alignment, battery management 
Troubleshooting
Drive train, battery system, charging system, overall vehicle management 
FAQs
Industry concepts, myths, energy use, costs, reliability, availability, history, trends 
References
Manufacturers, schools, events, vendors, conversion locations, career options, certification, general knowledge base 



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