Quick summary: Students will revise and consolidate their knowledge of the environmental impacts of coal-fired power stations and other ‘dirty’ energy production methods in comparison to the clean energy alternatives. They will plan an Environmental Impact Study related to a hypothetical clean energy installation in Tasmania.
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 clean and dirty energy generating infrastructure that impact the environment.
- Students synthesise facts and draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence.
- Students design research methodologies to gather data on key investigative questions.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7, OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 Science
- Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164).
- Plan, select and use appropriate investigation methods, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS165).
Year 10 Science
- Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS198).
- Plan, select and use appropriate investigation methods, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS199).
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-4WS, SC5-5WS, SC5-6WS.
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, Environmental Impact Study – Project Investigation Worksheet, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet), images of Tasmania (from books, magazines or online – use Google Images).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Coal, clean energy, electricity, Hydro Tasmania.
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