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Sandra Woodward, Wenona School, New South Wales

Nature of the inquiry problem

Students will be undertaking a series of experiments to test how quickly a battery discharges and then comparing the properties of capacitors.

Suitable year levels and subject areas

Year 7-8 Australian Curriculum

Curriculum links

Some of Earth's resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)

Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems ACSSU155)

Scientific knowledge has changed people's understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available (ACSHE119 (ACSHE134)

Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy (ACSIS126) (ACSIS141)

Learning Objectives

A Student:

  • will investigate energy, storage and production
  • identifies potential uses for these technologies
  • implements the use of technology (i.e Scanning electron microscope) to help determine the structure of very small scale objects
Student Learning Outcomes*

At the end of the lesson sequence students will have an appreciation of:

  • What energy is
  • Renewable and non-renewable resources
  • Alternate storage methods
  • Choosing appropriate technology to investigate

Work booklet, research (collaborative and individual tasks)

Assessment outcomes

Informal, formative assessment is built into the lessons.

Information and communications technology (ICT)

Embedded videos and web links


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