Typically completed by 10-14 year olds, students work collaboratively on a five hour project or challenge in self-managed groups. During the project, they use a CREST Discovery passport to record and reflect on their work. Afterwards, students communicate their findings as a group presentation.
Each pack provides teaching guides, kit lists, example timetables and suggested starter activities to help you run your day. Find out more about CREST Discovery Awards.
Electricity Task sheet There are many different ways in which we generate electricity for use in our homes, businesses and schools. We are currently aiming to use fewer sources that produce large amounts of CO 2 emissions, such as coal-fired power stations. The sources that have little or no CO 2 emissions during operation are nuclear power stations or renewable energies such as wind, solar and hydro-power. It is also useful for electricity to be generated locally to where it is used. Aim In this workshop you will work in pairs to investigate ways of meeting your school electricity needs using local sources. You should make notes as you go through this workshop as you will need to share your findings with your teammates. Part 1: How is electricity produced? 1 Write down a list of the different ways you can think of to generate electricity. For each item on your list, add a description of how it works. You can use the internet to research how they work. 2 Most forms of electricity generation, except for solar panels, require some kind of movement. Using the materials provided, investigate how moving a magnet near a coil of wire can produce electricity. You should complete this task when instructed to do so by your session leader. Part 2a: Electricity in school 3 Make a list of the items in your classroom that are used to help you learn. How many of these require electricity? 4 Are there alternatives that would use less electricity? 5 Do you think that in the future there will be more or fewer items in the classroom that will require electricity? Explain your
Part 2b: electricity in school (optional extension) 6 How much electricity do you need to run a classroom for a whole school day? You can estimate this using the Power usage Fact file and your own internet research. 7 Are there ways you could reduce this? 8 Apart from the traditional ways of generating electricity, are there other methods that might work in your school? For example, materials that can convert the motion of someone walking along the ground into electricity. You can use the Movement Fact file to begin your research.