Quick summary: Students explore the role of energy efficiency through solar power to change climate change. Students begin by participating in a brainstorm around solar power in order to activate their prior knowledge on this issue. They then complete a THINK PAIR SHARE thinking routine to clarify key terms around solar power and climate change before moving on to analyse a case study about Adelaide’s solar airport. They will then continue to work in groups to find other solar case studies from around Australia and the world. Finally students will work in groups to assess potential sites for solar projects in their community, and make recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of their community based on their assessments.
The Generation Yes project engages and represents the generation who are saying ‘YES’: yes we can work together to change climate change! This project seeks to help all Australians be part of creating a compelling, optimistic and solutions-focused future for our country.
- Students will understand will understand how solar panels work and the risks and benefits of how they can help us produce cleaner electricity.
- Students will understand how to analyse a case study and present their findings to the class.
- Students will identify opportunities for improving the energy efficiency of their community, and will be able to critically assess these suggestions.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 8 Science
- Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-11PW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.6, OI.8.
Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: Students explain how scientists generate solutions to contemporary problems, and reflect on the implications of these solutions for different groups in society.
Topic: Climate change, Generation Yes.
Unit of work: Generation Yes.
Time required: 120 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee discussions, lead students in case study analysis and project development.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. CASE STUDY – Adelaide’s Solar Airport. Presentation Rubric – Year 8. How does solar power work? Factsheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Generation Yes, climate change, net zero emissions, deep decarbonisation, solar install, solar panels, energy efficiency.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.