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Thought Starter: What electrical gadgets couldn't you live without?

Part A: Thinking about electrical appliances and gadgets

We now have all different sorts of things that we need energy for. Everyday we need electricity to cook with, to heat our houses and even to watch TV. But it hasn’t always been like that. When people didn’t have all the appliances and gadgets we have today, what did they do instead?

THINK - Working independently, think about all the electrical appliances and gadgets that we have now and answer the following questions.

Question Your answer
How many of them were around when you were a little kid?
How many do you think will still be around when you are older?
How many do you use everyday?
What would you use instead of these appliances if these appliances didn’t exist?
What new appliances and gadgets do you think will be available in the future?

PAIR AND SHARE - Once you have answered these questions, turn to a classmate and share your answers.

Part 2: Designing and conducting an interview

Your task is to interview an older person and find out what energy they used when they were the age that you are now.

Details of the person you are interviewing

Name of person you are interviewing:

In what year were they born?

Where did they live (region or country)?

Checklist questionnaire

Electrical appliance Was it in their home? If it wasn't, what did they use instead?
Air conditioner    
Washing machine    
Electric blanket    
Vacuum cleaner    
Clothes dryer    
Hot water heater    
Mozzie zapper    
Games console    

Reflection questions

Work independently, think about how you managed your interview and the things you learnt from your interview and answer these questions:

1. How well did you manage the interview?

2. What would you change about your interview if you were to do it again?

3. What other questions would you ask if you were to do it again?

4. Did you enjoy the interview process? Why or why not?

5. What was the most interesting thing you found out from your interview?

6. What other things would it be interesting to interview an older person about?