Power for the world - Practical Action
Type of Activity
A link to secondary and primary packs and powerpoints, as well as technical briefs and a case study, for the Practical Action power for the world activity.
If you teach primary science, click the headings below to find out how to use this resource:
Children will develop their working scientifically skills by:
- Asking their own questions about scientific phenomena.
- Selecting and planning the most appropriate ways to answer questions, including:
- Researching using a wide range of secondary sources of information.
- Carrying out comparative and fair tests.
- Drawing conclusions and raising further questions to be investigated, based on their data and observations.
- Using appropriate scientific language and ideas to explain, evaluate and communicate their methods and findings
- Design and test wind turbines according to the resources they have available due to different circumstances and environments.
Children will learn:
- That sources of renewable energy are important to developing countries with limited resources.
- That many modern day appliances use electricity and that their consumption isn’t equal.
- How electricity can be produced, in particular by renewable sources.
Suggested activity use
This resource is ideally suited for a whole-class investigation, with children working in small groups, but it can be adapted for a smaller group focus, for example a science club. This activity is also well suited to being a part of a school enrichment day.
It provides an opportunity for cross-curricular links with design technology to solve a practical problem.
The resource doesn’t address any curriculum statements in particular, but does provide useful opportunities for group work and problem solving.