Episode 23: Happy 100th Birthday, Snowmobiles

Connecting To Curriculum

Read aloud: Students can follow along while listening. Click HERE to download a copy of the transcript.

Vocabulary: Explore new words. Students listen to high-level vocabulary in context. Have them identify the definition afterward. Click HERE for the vocabulary page.

Engineering: Encourage students to use design and problem-solving skills by using everyday items to create a ‘new’ machine. A few sites to get ideas:


Higher grade level students may want to explore some topics in more depth.

  1. Snowmobiles and snowmobiling are good topics for debate. What are the positive aspects of the sport? What are the negatives? Show evidence to support your stance.
  2. Why did J. Armand Bombardier change his snowmobile design from propeller driven to a track system? Was it only for safety? Or are there other reasons based on science and engineering design?