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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 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!

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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:

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 people’s lives (ST3-7PW).

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

School Testimonials

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!

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.

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Science Show Demonstrations

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.

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.

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

Cost

$390 inc. GST for a 60-minute workshop, 30 students

$480 inc. GST for a 90-minute workshop, 30 students

$580 inc. GST for a 60-minute show, 60 students

Minimum school science visit cost is $480 inc. GST per day

In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a
country science tour!

Available as a video conference at $150 inc. GST per class anywhere around the world

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Extension Ideas!

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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