Quick summary: In this activity students will investigate the concept of embodied energy and why it should be considered when designing and building a house. Students will create a poster, infographic, PowerPoint or Prezi on this topic and present this to the class.
- Students understand that different materials utilise different levels of energy in their production and transportation to building sites.
- Students consider the use of high embodied energy materials and make informed decisions about there.
General Capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, numeracy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 & 8 Design Technologies:
- Examine and prioritise competing factors including social, ethical and sustainability considerations in the development of technologies and designed solutions to meet community needs for preferred futures (ACTDEK029)
- Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (ACTDEK032)
Year 7 Science
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
- Reflect on the method used to investigate a question or solve a problem, including evaluating the quality of the data collected, and identify improvements to the method (ACSIS131)
Year 8 Science
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
- Reflect on the method used to investigate a question or solve a problem, including evaluating the quality of the data collected, and identify improvements to the method (ACSIS146)
Year 8 Mathematics
- Choose appropriate units of measurement for area and volume and convert from one unit to another (ACMMG195)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-7WS, SC4-6WS, T4.1.2, T4.1.3, T4.4.1, T4.6.2, SC4-13ES.
Topic: Consumption, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheets.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Building, houses, embodied energy.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.