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What? No Cars?

Lesson Description:

The purpose of this project is to create an awareness of the complexity of the urban prairie dependence on the automobile. As well, the project invites the creative consideration of active transport alternatives.

This project looks at the issues arising out of the dependence on automobiles in the urban prairie context. Students learn to use a tool known as a Futures Wheel and examine the consequences of removing automobiles from their lives. As a culminating activity, after a thorough examination of the consequences of such a decision, students are challenged to design a wild and wacky new form of active transport vehicle. Examples of such machines might be found in some of the Dr. Seuss books. To present their designs and advertisements, groups of students take on the roles of car companies and use the format of a new car showcase to show their work to classmates.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
Average of 6 classes, but over a 2 week time period
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf What, No Cars.pdf

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