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Learning objects Green machine: four-wheel drive [ESL]

TLF ID L10698

Consider the impact vehicles have on our planet. Build a four-wheel drive vehicle that causes as little harm as possible to the environment. Choose a body size, engine size, fuel type and accessories. Compare the greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle with a target figure set by the Australian Government. If your car produces emissions above the target, rebuild it to reduce its impact on global warming.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students relate a vehicle’s features to its impact on the environment.
  • Students select product components according to personal preferences.
  • Students build a vehicle that minimises fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions.
Educational value
  • Relates features of motor vehicles to their fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Links greenhouse gas emissions, the greenhouse effect and global warming.
  • Automatically graphs the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of vehicle configurations.
  • Compares the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of vehicle configurations with an environmental target set by the Australian Government.
  • Provides opportunities for students to suggest ways of reducing vehicle emissions and to reflect on the obligations of drivers in wealthy countries.
  • Tests understanding of key concepts through multiple-choice questions.
  • Provides an option for students to print their green tips and reflections.
  • Features modified language for English as a Second Language users.
  • Includes a glossary of words used in the activity.
  • Includes a quiz show where the student interprets a graph to answer the quizmaster's questions.
Year level

9; 10

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Resources
  • Studies of society and environment/Decision-making
  • Studies of society and environment/Pollution
  • Studies of society and environment/Use of resources
  • Studies of society and environment/World problems
  • Studies of society and environment/Global trends
  • Studies of society and environment/Economic factors
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental impact
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental management
  • Analysis;
  • Application;
  • Comprehension;
  • Knowledge
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Russell Darnley
  • Organisation: Asian Field Study Centres Pty Ltd
  • Address: Rozelle NSW 2039 Australia
  • URL:
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
  • Educational validator
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Janet Saker
  • Address: Williamstown VIC 3016 Australia
  • Technical implementer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Warwick Mears
  • Address: Cebu Philippines
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
  • Generic
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
  • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
Platform requirements
  • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.