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Solar houses

1 Hour
Book Program
Year Levels


Most of the electricity in Victoria comes from burning brown coal. Coal is a fossil fuel so this produces vast quantities of Carbon dioxide which is contributing to climate change. The answer lies in finding renewable sources of energy to provide us with electricity. One such source is solar power.

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge necessary.

Note: This is a stand-alone program for schools unable to undertake the Ecolinc Saving Energy onsite program.

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Distinguish between renewable and non renewable sources of energy
  • Investigate how solar power works
  • Investigate variables in the production of solar power.


Students will:

  • Discussion on the definition of fossil fuels and what renewable energy means
  • Build a model solar house
  • Test the house with varying light intensities, distances from the light source, direction of the light source and differing amounts of the panel covered up.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people‚Äôs lives (VCSSU073)
  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081)