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Green cars

  • Key Stage 3
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  • Topical

Type: Activity
Learning Strategy: Communication
Topic: Magnetism

Electric cars have a lot going for them. They're clean, silent and pollution free. But are they any fun to drive. Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz certainly think so, and they aren't the only ones. Electric cars are getting a makeover. The latest models are fast, cool and convenient. In this activity, students consider their benefits and work out how they operate.

Published: 12th May 2005
Reviews & Comments: 6

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Learning objectives

Students explain how electric cars work and describe the benefits they bring to cities.

Try the activity

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Magnets and electromagnets [QCA 8J]

• that wires carrying an electric current produce a magnetic field.
• that the current in a coil produces a magnetic field pattern
similar to that of a bar magnet.
• that the strength of an electromagnet is increased by
the presence of an iron core.

Running the activity

The first two pages are designed to be projected. Page 1 showcases fast, well designed and convenient electric cars, and the stars that drive them. Page 2 highlights the environmental benefits they bring to city streets, and sets the task. Individuals or small groups will need copies of page 3 which is a collection of facts about how electric cars operate. They need to pick out details to include in a 60 second voice-over for a video to promote electric car ownership.

News links

The Why Files
An excellent summary of the issues surrounding electric car development.
A close-up photographic tour of the inside of an electric motor.
An interactive on-line booklet about electric motors and how they work with text, questions and interactive pictures.

Reviews & Comments

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Green cars review

Jan 13th, 2013

1 Star

could not get the worksheets to download

Reviewer: alison moss

pump wars - fuels of the future

Nov 18th, 2007

4 Star

A great way to show them how they wil be influencing various fuel types in the future

Reviewer: Shaz Shaikh

Green Cars

Jun 17th, 2005

4 Star

Thanks, this created a lot of interest in Y8 and coincided with an advert on TV.
E Coker
Caistor Yarborough School

Reviewer: Elaine Coker

green cars

May 24th, 2005

4 Star

This generated lots of discussion, but my y9 set didn't spot the problem of how the electricity is generated.

Reviewer: Sue Whelan

green cars

May 22nd, 2005

4 Star

I enjoyed using the electromagnets resources/green cars with my top year 8 group.... and my GCSE modular year 10 group.

I did of course try to get them to think where did the power come from to charge the electric cars.... it is not the answer forburning less fossil fuels globally.....while the electricity is still made from gas!


Richard Sharp
Swanlea School
Tower Hamlets

Reviewer: Richard Sharo

Green cars review

May 20th, 2005

5 Star

Yours resourses have given me lots of ideas to complete gap period after SAT`s with my year 9`s
thank you
jamila sarwar
Chorlton High School

Reviewer: jamila sarwar

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