Activity Introduction

king-island-renewable-energy-intergration-project-with-sheep-photoframeQuick summary: Students take a walk around their school looking for evidence of electricity in their school and surrounds. Students will look for power lines, transformers, a substation and buildings that consume electricity, and will record their observations using a camera. Students will then create a map of local electricity using these images.

Activity developed in partnership with    tasmania_hydro_200x84_300pxl

Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.

Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand some of the ways that we use electricity and why we need it.
  • Students recognise some of the different types of infrastructure required to supply our houses and schools with electricity.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Foundation Geography

  • Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events (ACHASSI001)
  • Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI002)
  • Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI003)

Year 1 Geography

  • Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided(ACHASSI019)
  • Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI020)

Year 2 Geography

  • Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI035)
  • Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI036)

Foundation and Years 1 & 2 Design and Technology

  • Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling (ACTDEP006)

Syllabus outcomes: GEe-1, GEe-2, GE1-1, GE1-2, GE1-3, GE2-1, GE2-2, GE2-3, GE2-4, ST1-16P, ST2-5WT

Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.

Time required: 60 mins+

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate discussion, lead students on walk, oversee creation of map/model.

Resources required: Student Worksheet, Camera (optional), materials for making 3D model or map (large piece of cardboard as base, modelling clay, sticks and string, pens etc).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Electricity, energy, school, power station, transformer, substation, power line.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

wind-turbines-photoframeTeacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity, students understand some of the ways that we use electricity and why we need it. They will also recognise some of the different types of infrastructure required to supply our houses and schools with electricity.

Teacher background information: Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It gives us light and keeps our food fresh. It powers our industry, fuels our cars, and charges our iPhones. Our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels and this has a range of environmental, social and economic impacts. One of the most significant is the emission of greenhouse gases. A solution is the transition to clean energy sources. The brilliant thing is that we have huge amounts of free, renewable and clean supplies of natural energies. These include sunlight, wind, running water, oceans and underground hot rocks.

According to the Clean Energy Australia Report 2013:

  • 14.76% of Australia's electricity came fr
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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter - How do you save electricity?

Describe the journey of electricity from power station to school.

 

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