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Energy Activities

17th August 2017 BY: admin

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These activities have been provided by CERES Education for schools to use in their curriculum. We’d appreciate you acknowledging CERES if you use or share these activities with others.


Yesterday and Today

1. Categorise the electrical appliances into the categories ‘Comfort’, ‘Fun & Entertainment’, and ‘Functional/Helpful’.
2. Match the modern-day appliances to the equivalent to
those that were used in the past. What other alternatives were there?
3. Discussion about the materials used, needs vs wants, and which appliances you and your family can live without for a day, week or forever.

Yesterday and Today Curriculum Activity
Yesterday and Today Teacher Notes
Yesterday and Today Activity cards


yesterdayandtodayCharge My Phone

1. Order the cards into the correct chronological sequence for the process of converting coal into electrical energy to charge a phone.
2. What if we were able to substitute the use of a renewable energy in place of coal? Insert the ‘Renewable Energy’ cards into the first sequence, removing any cards/processes that are no longer required.

3. Label the transformation of energy throughout the process for coal fired electricity and discuss the by-products (e.g. steam, heat, light, carbon emissions). Discuss the environmental impacts associated with coal fired electricity generation, and other forms of energy and how new science and technology contribute solutions to energy generation.

Charge My Phone Curriculum Activity
Charge My Phone Teacher Notes
Charge My Phone Activity cards


cost of energy

The Cost of Energy

You will need:
* An energy meter (you can buy one from stores like Bunnings)
* A PowerMate (you can buy one from an organisation like Planet Savers)

1. Look at your school’s electricity bill and find out how much 1 kilowatt (kW) costs. Complete this number in the audit table provided.
2. Use the energy meter to measure different appliances in the room by plugging in the meter first and then plugging the appliance into the energy meter.
3. Record your findings in the audit table provided.
4. Use the audit table to work out the cost of each appliance per month.

Click here to download the Cost of Energy audit table.


Dress for the Weather Board GameDress for the Weather Board Game – Emas4Success

CERES has adapted this board game from Emas4Success.
Dress for the Weather programs help a school reduce its energy usage by reducing heating and cooling. Set up the board game, cards and choose your dice and player counters. Read the Dress for the Weather Board Game Instructions and have a play.

Click here to download the board game instructions written by CERES.

Click here to download the original activity by Emas4Success (board game cards are on pages 5 to 14).


energy auditingEnergy Auditing

You will need:
* A lux meter
* A thermometer
* A laser thermometer
CERES Education buys its equipment from our partner, Planet Savers.

1. Split into two teams. Decide who is going to be in the ‘Lighting Team’ and the ‘Heating and Cooling Team’.
2. Follow the instructions. Make sure you write down some of your findings to share with the group.

Click here to download instructions for how to use a lux meter.
Click here to download instructions for how to use a laser thermometer.


transport audit imageTransport Audit

Find out the distance each person travels one way from home to school and their mode of transport. Use the table to record your findings. Calculate the total kms for the group (one way) and the average distance. Now calculate how many kms the group would travel per year (return).
If auditing students, only audit the youngest or oldest in the family so a car doesn’t get counted twice.

Cool Australia’s has written transport audit lesson plans and student worksheets especially for CERES and ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic schools:

You will need to register on Cool Australia’s website. Registration is free.


Click here to find even more Energy resources on the Sustainability Hub.