As the price of oil increases and pollution problems increase, it is essential to find means to replace traditional gasoline which would at the same time protect the environment. Governments have understood the stakes and the importance of this challenge, and manufacturers are increasingly embracing it.
Our LA Auto Show is the opportunity to discover new models and new trends which give an idea of what the car of the future will be like.
Let's take advantage of this event to imagine the car of the future!
Event website: www.laautoshow.com
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Consult current affairs articles to familiarize yourself with the subject;
- Think about the advantages and disadvantages of today's cars;
- List criteria for the car of the future;
- Draw a sketch of the car of the future;
- Indicate new trends at the Los Angeles Auto Show;
- Enrich a diagram to summarize the things learned in the activities;
- Use the Internet effectively to find information.
ACTIVITY 1: What exactly is going on?
As a first activity, invite your students to read a few articles about the Los Angeles Auto Show, and particularly about its “green” component.
To do this, they can consult articles like the ones offered here or find others:
Los Angeles Auto Show 2012: "Green Car of the Year"
(The Car Guide) Which car will proudly bear the title of “Green Car of the Year” 2013 edition?
A Ford voted "green car of the year" in the United States, ahead of the Japanese
(La Tribune) The Ford Fusion, available in a hybrid version, won the title of “green car of the year” in the United States. Ford is ahead of the Japanese brands. The American group will have sold more than 6,000 gasoline-electric vehicles in November.
Suggestions: group viewing, reading aloud, personal or small group reading followed by a summary to the rest of the class, etc. Then ask students to summarize, orally or in writing, what they saw or read.
ACTIVITY 2: The car of the future
To imagine the car of the future, have students collectively think about the advantages and disadvantages of today's cars.
As a whole class, write down the positives and negatives of today's cars.
From the answers given, the pupils will have to, in groups or always as a whole class, enumerate the list of criteria desired for the car of the future.
Finally, ask them to make, individually or in groups, a sketch of the car of the future that they imagine. Then all together look at pictures of "cars of the future".
(type "future cars" in Google Images, for example.
What do the students think? Did they imagine such cars?