A collection of resources collated for the Design and Technology GCSE, to support the teaching of energy storage and electricity generation from renewable sources.
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This collection of resources provides classroom presentations and activities to engage students in different types of energy generation. Content covered includes renewable and non renewable energy types, environmental impact and provides examples of different types of power stations around the world.
This video follows a PhD student as her research into photovoltaic cells takes her to an academic conference in Hawaii. It looks at the use of solar panels to generate a source of renewable energy and provides students with an example of a career path that links to renewable energy generation.
This film clip shows how steam is used to drive turbines in power stations which burn fossil fuels. It then looks at how turbines can be adapted to be driven by alternative energy sources, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources such as wind, to solar, biomass, hydroelectric power, tidal and geothermal power.
From Teachers TV, this Inside Science video describes technologies and concepts which are attempting to use solar energy as a renewable source of electricity. One of the world's most visionary solar power plants is near Seville, Spain. This solar plant may be providing all of Seville's electricity needs in the years ahead, by using concentrated solar energy. An engineer at the Seville plant explains how ancient concepts and modern technologies combine to pave the way for endlessly renewable energy from the sun.
There is much debate about reducing greenhouse gases and how renewable energy sources might form part of the answer. Most people agree that renewable energy is a good thing, but how do people react when a wind farm is proposed to be built near them? The following activity puts students into different roles which will influence how they react to the proposed wind farm.
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.
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.
These resources provide up to date information and class activities on the topic of tidal power. Based on cutting edge research and the development of the Severn Tidal Barrage, students gain a valuable insight into the work of engineers in the design of the barrage and the environmental and ethical factors which need to be considered, whilst learning about the application of concepts such as energy transfer and power.
These materials, from Practical Action, encourage students to look at the use of batteries and the development of more sustainable power sources for portable devices. Typically, electronics projects use disposable batteries as a convenient source of energy. Electronics projects can, however, provide opportunities for students to explore alternative and more sustainable sources of energy. Such coverage enables students to make more critical and informed choices as consumers and designers. Students are asked to research the design specifications for the iPad and analyse the environmental claims that are made.
This video features Cambridge University physicist, David Mackay, in a passionate, personal analysis of the energy crisis in the UK, in which he comes to some surprising conclusions about the way forward. He debunks some myths about energy saving – unplugging our phone chargers does not make any appreciable difference. After showing us what will not work, he goes on to show what will make a difference at home, like turning the thermostat down.
|Subject(s)||Design for society and the environment, Design and technology|
|Tags||renewable energy, solar, wind, hydroelectricity|
|Last updated||27 August 2019|
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