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Chevrolet Volt Helps Facilitate Science Education

November 02, 2010

DETROIT - Chevrolet is inviting American middle school students in grades 5-8 to become electrified on the prospects of the future of transportation. In hopes of promoting student interest in science, the automaker has produced an interactive presentation featuring its Volt extended-range electric vehicle.

Chevrolet's presentation -- titled "The Power of the Plug: How Electricity Will Change Our World Again" -- covers the properties of electricity, how it is generated and how it can change personal transportation. It is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 9.

Schools can register now to participate online and watch the presentation live via a video webcast at "The Power of the Plug" Registration. Registration must be completed by 5 p.m. EDT Nov. 5. Teachers who register will receive instructions on how to join the webcast and submit questions live. They will also receive a lesson plan developed by the General Motors education team. Classrooms that do not pre-register still may access streaming video at http://chevroletvoltage.com or on the Chevrolet Volt Facebook page.

The presentation will take place at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, the home of the Chevrolet Volt. Students from Detroit and Hamtramck area schools are scheduled to visit the facility and take part in an interactive discussion with members of the Volt team. This will be followed by a live question-and-answer session, during which the Volt team will interact with online participants and students in the live audience.

"Students in classrooms today will be designing and engineering the cars of tomorrow," said Tony Posawatz, Chevrolet Volt vehicle line director. "We're reinvesting in our students of tomorrow today with an educational curriculum focused on the next generation of automotive technology. Education is electric!"

Chevrolet's presentation links to the Michigan standard for introducing chemistry and electricity concepts in the classroom and also will be recorded for teachers who wish to share it with their students at a later date. Teachers can access an educational digital magazine at http://gm.com/education/electrification or at http://chevroletvoltage.com.

The electrification education program also features a teacher's guide, three worksheets, a classroom poster and a take-home brochure. Moreover, the program offers student articles that are grade-level appropriate for K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 on science, energy and environment topics, with quizzes and games to reinforce learning concepts. 

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