Age range: 11-14
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • Maths
  • Physics

Around the World

Calculate journey times from one country to another

A costly, and sometimes very long, aeroplane journey is currently your only option if you intend to travel a long distance. However, what about in the future? One method that has been proposed is the vacuum tube train. This may be able to reach speeds of 4,000 mph, but is it a realistic option?

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this engaging starter activity, students use the speed equation to calculate how long it takes to travel to destinations around the globe from the UK via today's global transport options. They are then introduced to a new concept to global travel: the vacuum tube train - will this solve some of the problems they identified?

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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Activity overview

Around the World activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.



Journey Times A - Student handout asking students to recommend the most appropriate form of transport for the journey type and distance covered.



Journey Times B - Student handout for students to work out different journey times for different modes of transport, with a step-by-step guide of how to work these out.


What is the future

What is the future of global transport?



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