Project Description


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
  • 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
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(03) 9389 0144

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