Car wars

Car wars

Imagine it is 2020 and students are about to get their first car. Increased carbon dioxide emissions have led to huge financial incentives to buy alternatives to petrol engines - but which car is best? In this activity students examine evidence and come to a decision on who wins the Car Wars. 

Learning objectives
  • Apply knowledge about atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Evaluate solutions to the problem of increasing carbon dioxide emissions from cars and justify opinions

    Blueprint curriculum link

    • Unit: Atmosphere
    • Concept: Air pollutants: Processes such as burning fuels, and natural events like volcanic eruptions, add new substances to the atmosphere. They cause pollution in the local area and spread outwards and upwards into the atmosphere
    • Skills: Decisions: Consider ethical implications and social, environmental and financial consequences
    • Learning stage: Analyse

    Activity contents

    • Teachers guide
    • PowerPoint file

    The activity is delivered as a zip file. After you checkout, you will be sent an email with the link to download it.

    Weblinks

    BMW advert
    Video outlining innovations in car energy sources

    Hydrogen fuel cells
    Useful teacher information explaining how hydrogen fuel cells work

    Biodiesel cars
    Comprehensive information about biofuel cars, accessible to confident readers

    Electric cars
    Comprehensive information about electric cars, accessible to confident readers

     

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    Imagine it is 2020 and students are about to get their first car. Increased carbon dioxide emissions have led to huge financial incentives to buy alternatives to petrol engines - but which car is best? In this activity students examine evidence and come to a decision on who wins the Car Wars. 

    Learning objectives
    • Apply knowledge about atmospheric carbon dioxide
    • Evaluate solutions to the problem of increasing carbon dioxide emissions from cars and justify opinions

      Blueprint curriculum link

      • Unit: Atmosphere
      • Concept: Air pollutants: Processes such as burning fuels, and natural events like volcanic eruptions, add new substances to the atmosphere. They cause pollution in the local area and spread outwards and upwards into the atmosphere
      • Skills: Decisions: Consider ethical implications and social, environmental and financial consequences
      • Learning stage: Analyse

      Activity contents

      • Teachers guide
      • PowerPoint file

      The activity is delivered as a zip file. After you checkout, you will be sent an email with the link to download it.

      Weblinks

      BMW advert
      Video outlining innovations in car energy sources

      Hydrogen fuel cells
      Useful teacher information explaining how hydrogen fuel cells work

      Biodiesel cars
      Comprehensive information about biofuel cars, accessible to confident readers

      Electric cars
      Comprehensive information about electric cars, accessible to confident readers

       

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      Totally ENGAGED!

      I ran this with Yr 7s – 9, of different ability. Really easy to differentiate by outcome, all students were fully engaged. I needed ear plugs for top set yr 7!!