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February 04, 2009

Educational Web Site Launched for Progressive Automotive X Prize

DOE, the X Prize Foundation, and Discovery Education launched a new Web site on February 3 to engage students about the science of alternative fuels and the engineering of energy-efficient vehicles. Inspired by the Progressive Automotive X Prize Competition, the new Web site, called "Fuel Our Future Now," serves as an interactive online portal offering stimulating science, technology, engineering, and math lessons and resources for teachers, students, and parents. The Progressive Automotive X Prize Competition aims to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles, and the new Web site offers puzzles, interactive features, and videos that will encourage elementary, middle school, and high school students to follow the competition and to learn about the technologies employed by the competing teams. The Web site will soon feature lesson plans for teachers, as well. "Fuel Our Future Now" is just one component of a national education program to encourage students to pursue careers in sciences and technologies related to energy efficiency. DOE is supporting that effort through a $3.5 million grant. See the Fuel Our Future Now Web site and the press release on the Progressive Automotive X Prize Web site.