Tire and Wheel Assemblies

When it's time to upgrade to bigger wheels and tires, is your class up to the challenge? Aspiring automotive technologists create and use a formula to calculate the diameter of a tire and wheel assembly in an upbeat career and technology lesson plan. Scholars get hands-on experience with the assemblies to practice reading tire designations and ensure compatibility with vehicles.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Take the Grandma's Ride activity further by having the class locate a picture of wheels and tires that meet the specifications that they calculated
  • Have a variety of tires available so learners can practice using the information on them to determine their sizes
Classroom Considerations
  • Locate a 255/70 R 15 tire for a hands-on demo tool; be sure to adjust the student calculations if you don't have this size on hand
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  • Content is practical and engaging
  • The presentation is nicely done and easy to follow
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