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Renewable Energy


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of electrical energy generation and why it matters
 
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A hands-on school science workshop relevant to modern living.

Students investigate electrical energy production from renewable and non-renewable resources.
The activities cover a range of topics including wind farms, hydrogen fuel cells, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, how to reduce energy consumption in the home and the difference between ozone depletion and the enhanced greenhouse effect.

Students will develop a better understanding of the different sources of energy and gain insight into current research being undertaken into energy production. This school science performance can also be viewed as a LIVE web conference anywhere in the world!

SCHOOL COMMENTS
What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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Awesome - loved the presentation. Plenty of activities for the amount of students. Loved the practical element and being able to apply the theory. 

Northern Beaches Christian School; Renewable Energy science visit

 
 

Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

Science
 
  • Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity (ACSSU097).
     
  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219).
     
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083).
     
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220).
     
 
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NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content

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  • describes ways that science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things (ST2-11LW). 
     
  • describes how scientific understanding about the sources, transfer and transformation of electricity is related to making decisions about its use (ST3-6PW).
     
  • uses scientific knowledge about the transfer of light to solve problems that directly affect peoples lives (ST3-7PW).

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Science workshop experiments

Hand generators Create a buzz with different dynamos
Hydrogen fuel cells  Split water, join water, split water, join water
Hydropower Harness the kinetic energy of moving water.
Lights & lux meters Which light wastes more electrical energy?
Measure that motor! How much greenhouse gas is produced by cars?
Ozone depletion Make a phosphorescent screen glow with UV light
Radiometer Energy in the palm of your hand. How does it work?
Shower time Are all shower roses the same?
Storing Energy Can you guess which car will win the race?
Solar Power Convert light energy into kinetic energy.
The greenhouse effect Do we really need it?  Is it getting hot in here?
Wind turbine Windy days can blow you away!
Which electricity workshop is right for me?

As we offer a number of electricity workshops it can be a little confusing as to which is right for your class. Please have a look below for a very short description of the different ones available so you can quickly see what would work best for your school. The titles are clickable links to take you to the full workshop description.

Create a Buzz
This workshop covers the fundamentals of electricity & magnetism. What is static vs current electricity? What is electromagnetism? What materials are resistors vs. conductors? How do basic circuits work? Most schools choose this school science visit when they want us to spend time at the beginning of their topic prior to having students construct their own circuits later.
 
Electrical circuits
This school workshop is generally chosen when students already have a grasp of how electrical energy is transferred. The focus of this workshop is to arrange electrical components such as lights, batteries, capacitors, switches and more to produce either series or parallel circuits that work.
 
Madlab Electronics
In some ways similar to the electrical circuits program, only this time the circuits themselves are being constructed using soldering irons. The focus of this workshop is learning the skills and techniques used real electronics in putting electrical circuits together. In this workshop they keep the circuits they make.
 
Renewable Energy
The focus of this workshop is to look how electricity can be generated using renewable energy sources (wind, solar etc). These energy sources are compared with non-renewable electrical energy power generation in terms of reliability and their effect on the environment.
 
Are you studying energy transformations instead? 

If your class is looking at potential vs. kinetic energy, how energy comes from the sun as well as how energy can change into light, heat, sound, magnetic, chemical (etc), the most appropriate workshop would be Exploring Energy.

Requirements

  • Appropriate for Years 3 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class
  • Access to 3 electrical power sockets and 12 tables. Chairs are not required.
  • Duration 60 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes.

    For us to provide the best possible learning experience, the materials used during the presentation may be varied to suit the conditions and the audience. Please chat with our presenter if there is a particular focus that you'd like us to cover.

Cost

  • $350 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop or $440 for a 90-minute workshop.
  • Minimum school science visit cost is $440 inc. GST per day.
  • Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world.
Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school. 

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We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.
 

Optional extras

 
  • students with hands raised with the words 'Ask a scientist' written over the top

    Often students attend our science workshops and shows with questions that stem beyond the covered topic area. Ask a scientist aims to give students a chance to get their questions answered! Run as a 30-minute session at a cost of $70 inc. GST.

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  • Free 30-minute teacher PD video conference with 2 or more booked science shows.
    For schools outside of metropolitan areas please contact us to discuss how this science workshop can visit your school as part of a regional visit.
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