Age range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D&T
  • Maths
  • Physics

Car of the Future

Testing and designing for a car of the future

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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Activity overview

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



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



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