Quick summary: Students will learn about the operation of a hydroelectricity generating system. They will explore the mechanical effects of water and make links between mechanical and electrical energy effects. They will also translate the substance of an informative text into diagrammatic form.
Activity developed in partnership with
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.
- Students develop knowledge about energy generating infrastructure operated in Tasmania.
- Students synthesise facts and draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence.
- Students apply their knowledge and skills to answer comprehension questions about key facts.
- Students transfer written text to diagrammatic text.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 Science
- Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS170).
Year 10 Science
- Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206).
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-7WS, SC5-8WS.
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet), Hydroelectricity 101 – Resource Sheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Hydroelectricity, power generation, mechanical, electrical, energy, Hydro Tasmania.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.