The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Elon Musk Explains the Hyperloop

Read Revealed: Elon Musk Explains the Hyperloop, the Solar-Powered High-Speed Future of Inter-City Transportation 

5 Habits Collaboration between Kyle Templeton and Seth Jaeger

Photograph by Brendan Hoffman/Bloomberg

By: Ashlee Vance

5 Habits Collaboration between Kyle Templeton and Seth Jaeger
1. What makes you believe the hyperloop is a workable design? Why is Elon Musk a reliable source for determining the cost of building the hyperloop? Which teacher’s opinion of the hyperloop is most valuable to help you make a decision?

2. Who would be most likely to support the construction of the hyperloop? Who would be most likely to oppose it? How might this affect a person living in New York City? In Ozark? From 40 years in the future? What would Franklin Roosevelt have thought of this project? Ronald Reagan?

3. How is this connected to the topic of government? Which past inventor is Elon Musk most like? What might the economic impact be of constructing the hyperloop? What part of this deals with math? Physics? How is this like a bank teller drive through?

4. How would $8 per gallon gasoline change the feasibility of this project? What would happen if Springfield had a hyperloop that connected to Kansas City and/or St. Louis?

5. 5) To what extent would the hyperloop impact the environment? Would the hyperloop promote or discourage urban sprawl? Why? Would this project be a good use of tax dollars?

Extension Activities:

1)  Students can compare/contrast major engineering projects (skyscrapers, canals) to the hyperloop and assess the impact of each.

2)  Students can compare Elon Musk to Tony Stark and rewrite a scene from Iron Man.

3)  Students can outline the math necessary to make the travel time feasible between various cities in the U.S. and beyond.  

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