Elon Musk's company Tesla invent electric cars to reduce our fossil fuel emissions from transport. Other companies invent devices to reduce energy consumption at home. The challenge for all inventors is to raise money from investors.
This is the context for 'Energy savers'. Students use their knowledge of energy transfers and wasted energy to help an inventor design an energy-saving device, and write the crowd-funding webpage. Students practice the scientific enquiry skills of 'representing with models' and 'using fractions and percentages'. Energy savers can be done in 1-2 lessons, to practise higher-order thinking and prepares students for the demands of 'AO3' at GCSE.
Blueprint curriculum links
- Concepts: Energy transfers, Wasted energy
- Skill: Represent with models, Use fractions and percentages.
- Learning stage: Analyse
- Teachers guide
- Information for working with a scientist (see below)
- Lesson - Care
- Home - Care
- Student sheets - Do
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Work with a scientist
This activity is ideal for use with a scientist in the classroom, or online. We can help you set up a partnership - just complete the form (only open to UK schools).
Energy savers is a resource developed for the CONNECT project.