Curriculum connections:

Grade 7-12 Science

Grade 9-11 Social Science

Career and Technology Studies

Environment and Outdoor Education

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the differences in efficiency of transportation vehicle fuel types.
  • Identify the types of EVs, suppliers, and charging stations, types of charging stations.
  • Complete a calculation on the operating cost comparison between internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles.
  • Determine an optimal charging strategy for a long-range EV (such as a Hyundai Kona, or Tesla) based on weather, EV charging equipment available en-route, and driving behaviour.
  • Calculate the greenhouse gas emissions for a vehicle travelling from Edmonton to Calgary using different transportation vehicle fuel types (diesel, gasoline, electric vehicle).

Learner Competencies

This lesson focuses on the following learner competencies:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Information
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Collaboration

EV Backgrounders

Below are the electric vehicle resources broken down by category. All of the resources are best suited for grades 7 -12. If you have any questions feel free to contact [email protected].

Electric Vehicle History

Students will learn about the history of the make and models of various electric vehicles as well as investigate current trends.

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Electric Vehicle Batteries

Students will investigate the difference between the different battery types, and the role it plays in the car’s performance. The evolution of the car battery will also be explored.

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Electric Vehicle Emissions

Students will explore if electric vehicles are green. They will also compare the environmental effects between electric and gas powered cars.

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Types of Electric Vehicles

Students will understand the many different types of electric vehicles available today. Students will be able to understand the different types of electric vehicles including hybrid, plug in and battery electric vehicles.

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How to Buy an Electric Vehicle

Students will learn about the numerous aspects that should be considered when purchasing an electric vehicle.

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Learning Activities

History of the Electric Vehicle

Students will understand the processes behind the changes in popularity of the Electric Vehicle and gain an understanding of the technological changes in Electric Vehicles

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What EV Should You Buy?

Students will work in groups to determine what electric vehicle is best suited for each type of person in the given scenarios.

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Planning a Trip in Your EV

Students will learn how to plan a road trip with a given scenario while ensuring the car has enough power along the way.

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Construction Plan

Build an Electric Vehicle With This STEM-Based Construction Plan

Build an Electric Vehicle Model - Construction Plan

Students will enhance their STEM skills by designing and building a model of an electric vehicle.

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Take Action Activities

Exploring Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Your School or Community

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the benefits of charging stations available in the school and community and present their proposal

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How is Your Community Adapting for Electric Vehicles (Inquiry based)

Students will heighten their understanding of electric vehicles in their community.

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Teacher Guide

Students will understand the many different types of electric vehicles available today. Students will be able to understand the different types of electric vehicles including hybrid, plug in and battery electric vehicles.

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Visit The Re-Energy Challenge Website

When Teachers Were Asked ‘Tell Us How You Plan to Use the New Electric Vehicle Resources in Your Classroom’ This is How They Responded:

  • “As resources to complement the Climate Change unit of this course.”

    Grade 10 Science Teacher, Oshawa, ON

  • “In grade 9 we look at electricity and alternate sources of power so this is a natural fit; however, I would like to look at this as an example of how humans are adjusting their impact by looking for alternate solutions (grade 7) and how mechanical systems (gr. 8) are expanding and modifying their technology to create and build these vehicles.”

    Grade 7-9 Teacher, Edmonton, Alberta

  • “We will be investigating the different sources of energy in Canada, looking at costs, reliability and storage in terms of large and small scale generation. By designing an electric vehicle I think the students learn more by the hands on learning.”

    Grade 9 Applied Geography Teacher, Mississauga, Ontario

  • "So excited to have an opportunity for my students to work collaboratively to explore EV vehicles and how energy is stored."

    Grade 6/7 Teacher, Keremeos, BC

  • “We will construct the electric vehicles in science class and make connections with our science unit. Our school also has solar panels that we can compare the energy storage with.”

    Grade 7 Teacher, Fort McMurray, Alberta