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Renewable energy

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Society is moving rapidly towards the use of renewable energy resources. Victoria has seen a rapid growth in the development of Wind Farms in the past few years. Whilst Australia has one of the world’s greatest uptakes of solar photovoltaic roof installations, increasingly consumers are installing battery systems as a way of storing the excess energy generated by the solar panels.

In this program students will investigate the science behind solar cells, wind power and other renewable technologies. They will model solar and wind power systems in order to gain a greater understanding of emerging trends in renewables.  Students will gain an understanding of the principles behind battery storage and other large-scale energy storage systems.


Prior Knowledge

Some basic knowledge of energy forms and conversions would be an advantage.


Learning Intentions

The students will:

  • Conduct experiments that examine the optimum conditions for the design and operation of wind turbines.
  • Explore the use of solar energy and the most effective practices for the placement of solar collecting devices.
  • Investigate the principles for the construction and operation of an electrochemical battery.

Activities

The students will:

  • Conduct experiments that examine the optimum conditions for wind turbines.
  • Investigate the principles and optimal conditions for a battery to operate.
  • Examine a range of alternate energy resources such as hydro-electricity and wave power.

Learn Online

Ecolinc Learn Online is a virtual outreach learning management system (LMS) offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone.

Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course on Ecolinc Learn Online called The best things in life are free prior to coming to Ecolinc.  In this program students will explore Australia’s current use of sustainable and non-sustainable energy.  They engage in a series of engaging interactive activities that step them through learning the challenges of balancing energy consumption in a way that both conserves our planet and maintains population and industry growth.  A number of contemporary questions are posed for students to consider.


Victorian Curriculum

  • Scientific knowledge and understanding of the world changes as new evidence becomes available; science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines and practice of science (VCSSU089)
  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)
  • Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat, light, chemical energy and potential energy; devices can change energy from one form to another (VCSSU105)