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Education Resources

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Teaching Resources

Blowing in the wind

Gather and use data to support conclusions relating to energy efficiency and arguments about noise pollution; use ideas to inform discussions about overall power supply systems and judge impact of design on environment and communities. This lesson is set at a Siemens wind turbine in New Zealand.

Topics
  • Environment
  • Electricity and energy
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Forces
  • Wind turbines
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  • Critically analyse and evaluate evidence from observations and experiments.
  • Explore how the creative application of scientific ideas can bring about technological developments and consequent changes in the way people think and behave.
  • Use of scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations.
  • Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace.
  • Plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups.
  • Use appropriate methods, including ICT, to communicate scientific information and contribute to presentations and discussions about scientific issues.

E-Zero Island

Investigate how maths can support the modelling of a multi-faceted system using data and logic; apply ideas about energy transfer and sustainability to a novel context to produce a practical overall system. This lesson is set on an island off the coast of Denmark.

Topics
  • Environment
  • Electricity and energy
  • Enegy source and supply
  • Sustainable energy sources
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  • Use appropriate methods, including ICT, to communicate scientific information and contribute to presentations and discussions about scientific issues.
  • Explain how energy can be transferred usefully, stored, or dissipated, but cannot be created or destroyed.
  • Explain how human activity and natural processes can lead to changes in the environment.

I can see clearly now

Showing an effective use of low energy light bulbs. This lesson is set at a skate park in Durban, South Africa.

Topics
  • Environment
  • Electricity and energy
  • Scientific enquiry
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  • Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace, plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups.
  • Obtain, record and analyse data from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including ICT sources, and use their findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations.

Inspired Bus Company

Explore the challenges facing bus designers when producing a bus for an urban environment; investigate how different solutions can be identified and evaluated and collaborate to present recommendations for an effective solution. This lesson is set in London, United Kingdom.

Topics
  • Energy source and transfer
  • Electricity, energy and forces
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  • Explore how the creative application of scientific ideas can bring about technological developments and consequent changes in the way people think and behave.
  • Share developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries.
  • Use a range of scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations.
  • Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace and plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups.
  • Obtain, record and analyse data from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including ICT sources, and use their findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations.
  • Use appropriate methods, including ICT, to communicate scientific information and contribute to presentations and discussions about scientific issues.
  • Know and understand that energy can be transferred usefully, stored, or dissipated, but cannot be created or destroyed, and that electric current in circuits can produce a variety of effects.

Monte Rosa Mountain Hut

Gather, display data and interpret it to explain energy transfer and efficiency; apply concepts of energy transfer and conservation to building design and design solutions to meet various characteristics of a given brief. This lesson is set at a mountain hut in Switzerland.

Topics
  • Environment
  • Electricity and energy
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Energy Transfer
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  • Use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and develop them creatively togenerate and test theories.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate evidence from observations and experiments.
  • Explain how energy can be transferred usefully, stored, or dissipated, but cannot be created or destroyed.

Water, Water Everywhere

Understand and apply concept of solubility, and develop an understanding of separation techniques and their application. This lesson is set in Kenya.

Topics
  • Organisms, behaviour and health
  • Chemical and material behaviour
  • Life processes
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  • Use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and develop them creatively to generate and test theories.
  • Share developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries.
  • Use a range of scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations.
  • Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace.
  • Plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups.

Interactive Games

Siemens Island

In this game your aim is to get the balance right between cost, pollution and efficiency to keep Energy Island from grinding to a halt! You will be asked to purchase and place energy production facilities on the Island to bring power to the population. Once you've made your selections run a 24 hour simulation to see whether enough power has been provided to keep the population happy and the costs and pollution level to a minimum.

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Power Matrix

Siemens Energy has developed a free online game that challenges the user to design a sustainable energy system for a city. You start the game as the energy manager of a rural district in which your city is to be created. Supply your city with the perfect energy mix. Build power plants and use wind, solar, and hydropower. Balance your resources: That’s how your city will become wealthy, grow, and prosper in a clean environment – and you will become the successful energy manager of POWER MATRIX City.

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