Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.
- Students understand how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.
- Students recognise that there are both physical and political/social barriers to widening our use of solar energy.
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-12ES.
Time needed: 30 minutes
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Solar energy, solar technology, electrical energy.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.