Exploring energy for primary

Exploring energy for Primary

What is energy?

Energy is the ability to do work. It comes in many forms and is found everywhere in the world.

Where does energy come from?

Find out who’s got what of the world’s energy sources. What are fossil fuels? What is renewable energy? Learn about renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. See the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources.

Explore clean energy technologies.

Read about and see animations of solar and wind energy and how they are used.

See how geothermal and tidal energy work. Find power plants in Australia on the renewable energy map.

Climate change and energy

Watch a video on climate change. See how the world could emit less carbon dioxide and be more energy efficient. Can your personal carbon choices make a difference?

Find 26 ways to use less energy at and around an interactive house. Learn how using less energy could help to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Pick the strange but true energy savers.

Cartoon of scene with ocean in foreground, river flowing down the centre from snow-capped mountains and fields either side. Energy sources depicted are a coal power station, electricity towers, wind turbines, solar panel, geothermal power, oil rig, gas pipeline, dam on river for hydro- electricity, sunflowers and tanks representing biofuel and biomass energy

Click the image for the SMART notebook 'What is energy?'

For students

Label the energy sources. Match descriptions of energy sources,

Identify renewable and non-renewable energy and complete quizzes. Play Hungry mice to devour non-renewable energy. Tour an energy efficient house and try the energy efficiency calculator. Complete the energy flows. See what schools achieved in Energy Savers Week. Do the All about energy quiz.

For teachers — Syllabus links

Use the Ausgrid interactive resources. Go to Electric Kids and register at Origin Energy Savers for curriculum material. View a consumption atlas and find your area.

Find the sources of renewable energy in NSW. Get oresome resources and select solar experiments.

See Energy Star Kids, EcoKids energy and renewable energy. Play the Energy game (.notebook 5MB).

Select from animations which demonstrate renewable energy sources and energy saving tips.

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