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: Grade 3 to 6


You can mix and match activities from two different programs.

  • Discuss current electricity generation and use in Australia
  • Learn about the formation of fossil fuels. Handle samples of coal and see oil and natural gas
  • Generate electricity with human power: ride a bike to power a fan, hair dryer, and TV
  • See a real miniature thermal power station in action: burning fuel to generate electricity
  • Discuss issues associated with fossil fuels, including climate change and the carbon cycle, and potential local and global solutions
  • Learn about sources of electricity currently in use at CERES, in Australia, and globally
  • Participate in hands-on renewable energy activities in the Energy Park. Depending on the weather, students will investigate and operate examples of photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind power, hydro power, and bioenergy
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of different renewable, and their place in a sustainable society
  • Explore the inside of the Eco House: a fully functioning example of energy-efficient housing
  • Discuss energy usage at home, and use up-to-date statistics to look at ways energy is wasted and can be saved
  • Explore interactive displays and exhibits to learn about insulation, double glazing, standby power use, double glazing, lightbulb and downlight comparisons, heating and cooling, and draught proofing
  • Learn about design features of the EcoHouse such as passive solar design, solar water heating, the grid-interactive photovoltaic system and the Zero-Emissions electric vehicle (when available)
  • Discuss the principles of sustainable building design
  • Explore the buildings around CERES, discussing and comparing the features of sustainable and unsustainable buildings
  • Observe functioning examples of: passive heating and cooling, insulation, recycled, local, and natural building materials, sustainable timber, double glazing, orientation for solar energy, window design, planting for thermal comfort.
  • You will also see examples of other sustainable systems around CERES, such as farming, water, and waste.
  • This tour investigates a range of low-carbon and efficient technologies and techniques we use at CERES.
    • Sustainable, energy efficient buildings and materials.
    • Renewable energy generation.
    • Low-emission food and waste systems.
    • Other examples of sustainable systems, including transportation, water use, and ecosystems.
  • Use our giant tower game to discover how ecosystems can be altered by human activity.
  • Discover the “flow on effects” that affect other other parts of the ecosystem. How do these affect humans?
  • What happens when ecosystems reach a “tipping point” where the ecosystem is unbalanced?
  • Who is responsible for the collapse? What can be done to prevent it?
  • Explore the methods of transport from the past and present
  • Model how petrol and electric engines work, and investigate their pros and cons
  • Design the ultimate transport-focused city, what it will look like and how it will work
  • Discover how transport shapes our communities and our lives

This program is proudly supported by RACV

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