Energy Engineering

“Energy engineering is all about finding innovative ways to meet society’s energy needs. Energy is vital to daily life. It keeps the world moving and provides access to the things we need in order to survive, such as clean water, food and healthcare.” Tomorrow’s Engineers: From Idea to Career

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Understanding our energy future

Inspired by the Born to Engineer video from Kim Cave-Ayland, an engineer whose work is helping to create a safe, low polluting power source that could change our energy future, this resource supports students to work with data on UK energy consumption, exploring how energy generation is managed and what type of energy generation we may use in the future.

publication year
2020 to date

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STEM Club activity: Perfect Pylons

Published by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this activity sheet looks at electricity and its distribution in the 21st century. In groups, students are asked to apply their knowledge of materials, forces and structures to create model pylons and test them to see how strong they are. 

publication year
2010 to 2019

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This hands-on workshop explores renewable energy solutions in the developing world with a focus on wind turbines. Students compare the energy consumption of appliances and look at how electricity is produced. They gain an understanding of how renewable energy can provide power in rural communities in developing countries. Focusing on wind power they learn about different designs for turbines and how they convert wind energy into electricity. They then go on to build their own wind turbine blades in the role of engineers working in a specific country using the resources available to them.

The resource, provided by Practical Action includes a presentation, Teacher’s notes and a video about renewable energy. It also contains a case study by The Micro Hydro Centre at Nottingham Trent University showing a community project in which Pico Hydro technology was demonstrated in Sub Saharan Africa.

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Wind power STEM challenge

From Practical Action, this challenge asks students to design a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height. The winning team will be the one producing a machine that lifts the most weight. The resource includes an instruction sheet, wind turbine images, links to videos and downloadable certificates.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Handy Hydro: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge Two of the 2017-18 BP Ultimate Stem Challenge. The challenge is to design a simple system to generate electricity from moving water. Students are to plan and carry out an investigation to measure how much electrical energy your system can produce and find the best design for extracting energy from moving water.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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From Practical Action, this 1-2 hour class activity asks students to consider the variety of energy options available to the four communities living on a fictitious island and select the most appropriate technology to meet their needs.

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