a presentation on an alternative fuel or technology. Group the class into four teams and assign each team
one of the following alternative fuels or technologies: hydrogen fuel cells,
ethanol fuel, hybrid-electric cars, and energy-efficient technologies. Ask each
team to use clips from the "Car of the Future" Open Content Web
site, along with additional materials if desired, to create a short
presentation on their assigned topic.
a commercial promoting a "car of the future." Tell the class they are working for an advertising
agency that wants to develop a television commercial to promote a new
"car of the future." Group the class into teams, and ask each team
to select the "future" car they wish to promote. Then have the
teams use the "Car of the Future" Open Content clips and additional
voice-overs to create a 30-second to one-minute video ad. If you wish, you can
have students vote on the final ad they think the company should air.
a scientist or an inventor. Have teams of
students select one of the scientists or inventors featured in the "Car
of the Future" program to profile. Ask students to first research the
scientist or inventor they have selected, and then use that research along with
relevant clips to create a short feature on that person. Have students present
their final piece to the class.
Create a "mini" documentary on the problems caused by
gasoline-powered vehicles. Explain to
students that they will be doing an investigation into the problems caused by
gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States and producing a short (five- to
ten-minute) "mini" documentary about the topic. Group the class
into teams. Ask the teams to research the effect gasoline-powered vehicles have
on such factors as the economy, the environment, and public health. After
students have completed their research, have them browse through the available
"Car of the Future" Open Content clips and plan out their videos.
If necessary, help them to acquire and/or create additional materials for their
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