Quick summary: Students will develop an appreciation of the natural beauty of the Tasmanian landscape which will help tune them into the importance of Hydro Tasmania’s commitment to environmentally friendly operations. Students will also consider the impact of waterways on the liveability of places and how they connect places and affect landscapes and lifestyles.
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 extend their knowledge of the natural features of Tasmania and how waterways affect the landscape which in turn affects the perceived liveability of places.
- Students develop an increasingly complex understanding of the disadvantages of dirty energy production operations.
- Students realise the important impact that water has on the environment and the aesthetics of the landscape.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.5, OI. 7.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Geography
- The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHGK045).
- The ways that flows of water connect places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places (ACHGK038).
- The economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region (ACHGK041).
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116).
- Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (ACSSU222).
- Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE121).
Year 8 Geography
- The aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHGK049).
- The human causes and effects of landscape degradation (ACHGK051).
Year 8 Science
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135).
- Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136).
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, a simple prize or reward for 4-5 students (or a prize that can be shared among a 4-5 person group) such as a packet of Tim Tams or Freddo Frogs, extra free time, stickers, certificates, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet).
Digital technology opportunities: Online image searching.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Tasmania, waterways, liveability, Hydro Tasmania.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.