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Subject key:

  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Computing

Student age:

  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 14-16
  • 16+
  • Activity

    Activity  (1.8MB)

    Car of the Future activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links. 

  • Handout

    Handout  (2.2MB)

    Design Assessment - Student handout onto which students can record their marks for their peers' presentations.

  • Handout

    Handout  (2.9MB)

    Distraction Test - Student handout looking at why it is important when driving to not get distracted. 

  • Handout

    Handout  (2.4MB)

    Reaction Test - Student handout looking at why it is important to have fast reaction times when driving. 

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Car of the Future

Science Design and Technology Mathematics Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

Type: MainDuration: 120 mins

Personal transport is becoming safer as technological advancements are made and more and more safety features are designed. However, in the future, should we be taking this to the next level and designing features with the age of the driver in mind?

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity students design investigations to test reaction times and ability to concentrate. They then try their test on older people and use their results to design a car of the future.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.

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Electric cars

Podcast produced by Fun Kids Radio as part of the Techno Mum series, which aims to look into the issues surrounding electric and hybrid cars.

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    Safety Matters

    Science Design and Technology Mathematics Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

    Type: StarterDuration: 30 mins

    Students discuss safety issues in personal transport and identify where safety features already exist.