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Car Wars

In this activity students are about to get their first car. They also imagine that increased carbon dioxide emissions have led to huge financial incentives to buy renewable fuels. Filling stations provide hydrogen and biodiesel fuels, and recharging points for electric cars are commonplace. Students are presented with a choice – to buy an electric car, a hydrogen fuel cell car, or one which runs on biodiesel. But which is best? Students consider the options and choose a winner and two losers. In this lesson students will:

  • Apply knowledge about atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Evaluate solutions to the problem of increasing carbon dioxide emissions from cars
  • Present and support the benefits of one chosen solution to the problem Curriculum links include greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, climate change, evaluate data, evaluate associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications.

Note: Although this resource is now dated, it still has value for current teaching. 

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