Quick summary: Students will consider the environmental impact of a wind farm and come up with wildlife protection strategies. Students are asked to investigate a bird, animal or insect living near the Woolnorth Wind Farm, and to suggest solutions to potential problems or hazards facing this bird, animal or insect.
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.
- This lesson is designed to get students thinking about conservation and sustainability.
- Students will respond creatively and scientifically to stimulus materials and a case study.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 5 Science
- Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083).
- With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems (ACSIS086).
Year 6 Science
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100).
- Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090).
Syllabus outcomes: ST3-7PW, ST3-6PW, ST3-4WS.
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, access to computers/tablets for online research, Student Worksheet (one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Energy, hydropower, wildlife, Woolnorth Wind Farm, Hydro Tasmania.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.