Quick summary: Students investigate existing and emerging car technologies that may provide cleaner and more energy efficient modes of transport in the future. They will study past and existing technologies, analysing their pros and cons in regards to environmental impacts (inclusive of human health), efficiency and long-term sustainability to give them an understanding of why new modes of transport continue to be developed. Students create an alternative technology guide for the confused car buyer.
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- Students understand why current vehicle technologies are unsustainable.
- Students recognise a range of different vehicle technologies and how they might contribute to sustainability and human health.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 9 & 10 Design and Technologies
- Explain how products, services and environments evolve with consideration of preferred futures and the impact of emerging technologies on design decisions (ACTDEK041).
- Critique needs or opportunities to develop design briefs and investigate and select an increasingly sophisticated range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment to develop design ideas (ACTDEP048).
Syllabus Outcomes: D&T5.2.1, D&T5.3.1, D&T5.3.2, D&T5.1.1.
Topic: Schools Tree Day, Sustainability.
Time required: 60 mins (plus 15 min of homework).
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Hybrid vehicle technologies fact sheet, Internal combustion engines fact sheet, Electric vehicle technologies fact sheet , Hydrogen fuel cell technologies fact sheet, Future vehicles fact sheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension or homework.
Keywords: Car, technology, future, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, electric, internal combustion engine, Planet Ark.
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