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Bate's Car: Sweet as a Nut

Bate's Car: Sweet as a Nut

| 15 min

This short film presents Mr. Bate, an inventor who discovers a substitute for gasoline in barnyard manure. Even though he fits the classic mould of single-minded know-how and practical dreamer, his discovery is tried and tested. He demonstrates how his home-made digester does turn manure into potent methane gas that powers his auto. And for good measure, he demonstrates his latest sustainable invention – a bicycle powered by the bumps on the road.

  • director
    Tony Ianzelo
  • producer
    Michael Rubbo
  • executive producer
    Colin Low
  • commentary
    Kenneth McCready
  • photography
    Tony Ianzelo
    Allan Morgan
  • editing
    Malca Gillson
  • sound
    Jean-Guy Normandin
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes


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Ages 10 to 15

Science - Earth Science and Geology

Challenge students to think of alternative ways to fuel a car that are not only environmentally friendly, but cost efficient as well. Students can use this link to view the research done on hybrid cars and the impact they have on the environment: Upper grades can form groups to design a product that consumes energy; however, it must be cost efficient and environmentally friendly.

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