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This activity provides students with an opportunity to go outdoors and collect primary data around motion and its applications. Students will record the time required for a vehicle to drive through the drop-off area of a school, which will lead to discussions about commuting, vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency. The learning activity explores CO2 emissions and vehicle efficiency. In small groups, students will discuss ways to make inefficient vehicles more efficient. They will share their ideas with the class and then work together to create a series of recommendations for manufactures.
Students engage in data collection and analysis.
The student study of vehicle efficiency as outlined is focused, limited in its goals and doable. The study is supported by a related activity designed to have students measure commuting distances and to compare highway and city driving.
The resource is intended to support the study of motion and its application within the grade 12 Physics curriculum. The resource might be supported by a similar student study intended to measure idling time in school parking lot.
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