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Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Critically examine the differences between the types of electrical energy generation and why it matters

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 solar & wind farms, 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!

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Online Class Version

We’ve run live interactive distance programs since 2010 and are highly experienced in making online classes engaging for students on a variety of web conferencing platforms.

  • All of the same curriculum points will be covered, but the activities may vary from those listed for face-to-face incursions.
  • Our online classes include demonstrations, Q&A, and hands-on activities (you will receive a materials list upon booking).
  • Full child protections are in place
  • We usually connect to classes & homes via Zoom, however if you wish to use a different software we can work with you on getting the connection live.

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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 people’s lives (ACSHE083).

Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220).

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content
A student:

ST2-8PW-ST
describes the characteristics and effects of common forms of energy, such as light and heat

ST2-9PW-ST
describes how contact and non-contact forces affect an object’s motion

ST3-6MW-S
explains the effect of heat on the properties and behaviour of materials

ST3-8PW-ST
explains how energy is transformed from one form to another

ST3-9PW-ST
investigates the effects of increasing or decreasing the strength of a specific contact or non-contact force

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object (VCSSU063)

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)

Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081)

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School Testimonials

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Northern Beaches Christian School

Awesome - loved the presentation. Plenty of activities for the amount of students. Loved the practical element and being able to apply the theory. Kids thought it was cool!
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Savernake Public School

Excellent introduction and explanations. The enthusiasm of the presenter (combined) with the hands on approach on a variety of displays made for a great programme. Our kids were fully engaged throughout the programme.

Science Show Activities

Hand
generators

Create a buzz with different dynamos

Hydropower

Harness the kinetic energy of moving water.

Lights
& lux meters

Which light wastes more electrical energy?

Ozone
depletion

Make a phosphorescent screen glow with UV light

Radiometer

Energy in the palm of your hand. How does it work?

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?

Measure that motor!

How much greenhouse gas is produced by cars?

Wind
turbine

Windy days can blow you away!

Solar panel electricity generation measurement

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.

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.

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.

Madlab Electronics
In some ways similar to the electrical circuits program, only this time the circuits themselves are being constructed using soldering irons. 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 for putting electrical circuits together in real electronics. Students can keep the circuits they make as part of this workshop.

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.

Posts about this school science incursion on alternative energies

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

During Social Distancing – Contact us
and we’ll tailor a program to suit both your school and the State’s social distancing requirements. Further details here

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Scope & sequences, cross-curricular teaching ideas,  marking rubrics & more
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Did you know about our larger stage shows?

Designed to engage groups of up to 240 students, pair this workshop with one of these school favourites!

Big Science Big Fun

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Destination Moon

Food Science Show

Deep Blue Oceans

Cost

$495 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop or $540 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop.

$660 inc. GST for a 60-minute show with 60 students.

Available as an online class anywhere in the world.
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In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!

Call 1300 856 828, or click below to make a booking for your primary school.

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Extension Ideas!

Scientist Q & A

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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