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Energy

Just through simple changes in behaviour, schools have found that a 10% reduction in energy usage can be achieved quickly and easily. 

As part of this topic as well as looking at ways of reducing energy consumption pupils can begin to explore how energy is converted into electricity and the different impacts of renewable and non-renewable energy on climate change.

Practical Action's activities and support materials at primary and secondary level are highlighted below. For additional ideas go to the Eco-Schools website.

Primary

Wind Power Challenge

In this STEM challenge pupils look at wind power then design and build a simple wind powered machine to lift a cup off the floor.

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Free energy

This Concept Cartoon help pupils explore different energy sources and question whether energy is ever free.

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Power for the World

Pupils discover out how access to energy differs around the world and get the chance to build their own wind turbine

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Energy and the Global Goals

Two short activities which develop pupils' understanding of why energy is essential if we are to achieve the Global Goals.

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Marvellous microbes

This video explains how microbes convert kitchen waste into biogas and how the process improves the lives of people in Bangladesh.

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Moja Island

Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.

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Smoky Homes

An exciting new STEM project to enable pupils to design and model improved cooks stoves and hoods.

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Enhancement activities

Activities include an energy loop game, renewable energy word search and top ten reasons why renewable energy is cool.

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Renewable energy images

Images showing renewable energy projects in action in developing countries

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Energy

Problems caused by lack of access to energy, and renewable energy solutions from Practical Action are shown in this series of videos.

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Secondary

Wind Power Challenge

In this STEM challenge pupils look at wind power then design and build a simple wind powered machine to lift a cup off the floor.

Read more

Power for the World

Pupils discover out how access to energy differs around the world and get the chance to build their own wind turbine

Read more

Energy and the Global Goals

Two short activities which develop pupils' understanding of why energy is essential if we are to achieve the Global Goals.

Read more

Free energy

This Concept Cartoon help pupils explore different energy sources and question whether energy is ever free.

Read more

Marvellous microbes

This video explains how microbes convert kitchen waste into biogas and how the process improves the lives of people in Bangladesh.

Read more

Technical briefs - energy

A range of technical briefs linked to renewable energy solutions including micro-hydro, solar, wind and biogas.

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Moja Island

Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.

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Design For A Better World

A new design challenge and competition for students to develop an idea for a technology that will address a Global issue.

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Enhancement activities

Activities include an energy loop game, renewable energy word search and top ten reasons why renewable energy is cool.

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Global CREST challenges

Support materials for the British Science Association's CREST awards on global issues including water, energy and food.

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Renewable energy images

Images showing renewable energy projects in action in developing countries

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Energy

Problems caused by lack of access to energy, and renewable energy solutions from Practical Action are shown in this series of videos.

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