ENERGY & SOCIETY
Energy programs focus on our current dependence on fossil fuels, their impacts on the environment and alternative solutions e.g. renewable energy, energy efficiency.
Duration of activities: ~ 50 minutes
Available for: Year 7 to 12
You can mix and match activities from two different programs.
VCE Programs can be tailored to match unit requirements.
- Discuss the theory of fossil fuels. Handle samples of coal and other fuels.
- See our miniature thermal power station in action, burning fuel to generate electricity.
- Explore the carbon cycle and climate change, as well as potential local and global impacts and solutions.
- Discuss sustainable forms of energy, and generate some human power to power common appliances.
- Discuss the reasons for for renewable energy, and some common examples.
- Investigate a range of working renewable energy systems. Depending on weather, students will explore photovoltaic panels, hydro power, solar thermal power, wind power, and bioenergy.
- Explore local and global implementation of renewables using electricitymap.org
- Discuss the advantages and impacts of different renewable strategies.
- Discuss the concepts of energy efficiency, and the key points where energy can be wasted or saved at home.
- Explore the inside and outside of the EcoHouse, an energy-efficient display home at CERES.
- Participate in hands-on activities focusing on appliance power use, double glazing, lighting, insulation, solar shade, and water cooling.
- Discuss conventional and modern forms of heating and cooling.
- Students form companies, and compete in a simulation game. Can you run the most profitable and sustainable company?
- Explore the motivations and and reasoning behind the impacts we have on the environment.
- Use case studies to explore alternatives to unsustainable systems.
- Play our giant tower game to model the impacts of human activities on the ecosystem.
- Explore the concepts of “flow on effects”, “ecological stress” and “tipping points”.
- Who or what was responsible for the collapse? What can be done to prevent it?
- How are humans affected by ecosystem change?
- Investigate the principles of Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) of Buildings
- Assess CERES buildings with activities aimed at testing the effectiveness, comfort, environmental performance and sustainability of each building due to its design
- Draw cross-sections that re-create a building’s design. These highlight principles which apply to any building, anywhere in the world. Can our designs be improved?
- Begin to assess the (un)suitability of the design of other buildings where we live, work, play and visit