Car Quest

In this activity, students will determine the environmental effects of existing cars and a fleet consisting of their dream cars. They compute how many tons of heat-trapping gases are produced each year, how much it costs to fuel the cars, and related information. Then, students research and prepare a report about greener transportation choices.

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World Wildlife Fund

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Advise appropriate school personnel about this activity before going out to conduct "research" in the parking lot, making observations of cars. Also, be sure you can visually monitor all students as the groups "spread out" among the cars. Students should be encouraged to write from a more scientific perspective vs. a personal preference. Compare and contrast a "dream car" with more conventional alternatives.

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