Idle Effects

Students will collect data on how much time they and their families spend idling their cars and the cost.

Evaluate competing design solutions for preserving ecosystem resources and biodiversity-based on how well the solutions maintain stability within the ecosystem. Emphasize obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information on different design solutions. Examples could include policies affecting ecosystems, responding to invasive species, or solutions for the preservation of ecosystem resources specific to Utah, such as air and water quality and prevention of soil erosion.

Engage in an argument supported by evidence about the effect of per capita consumption of natural resources on Earth’s systems. Emphasize that these resources are limited and may be non-renewable. Examples of evidence include rates of consumption of food and natural resources such as freshwater, minerals, and energy sources.

Performance Expectations
Students will collect data on the amount of time cars spend idling. They will use the data to calculate the effect of per capita consumption of gasoline on Earth’s atmospheric system by calculating how much idling costs in fuel consumption, carbon [dioxide] emission, and air pollutants. Calculations will be used as evidence to engage in an argument about the effect of per capita consumption of fossil fuel on Earth’s atmospheric system.

Lesson Assets


Utah STEM Action Center
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