This resource forms part of the Clean Growth resources from the Grand Challenges resource collection. The introductory video can be found here.
The Energy Hacks activity consists of five 1 hour lessons which are broken up into three practical activities and then use these findings to produce a social media campaign which highlights how we use and waste energy on a daily basis and what we can do to reduce this.
It is aimed more at 11-14 year olds but could be developed for 14-16 year olds too and builds on what was discussed in the Building Busters activity. The three practical activities consist of:
- How much energy is used by different components, in this case an LED, a motor and a buzzer
- Burning a bunsen burner to see how much fuel can be used to generate heat. Perhaps you could develop this by using different fuels to see which fuel is best
- Looking at how heat is lost through convection, and why we use loft insulation for example in our houses.
From the results a social media campaign is produced mirroring popular platforms where a video is produced, banners for advertising on websites, pictures to push the message and more.
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