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General Description

Hi there. My name is Brian Sowerby, a former CSIRO Chief Research Scientist.

I have created this course to provide you with teaching tools that can be used to engage students in up-to-date learning on how to provide energy in the future while minimising environmental damage.

The course provides a balanced and unbiased overview of the various options. The focus of the course is on providing information on the various technologies and on conducting a realistic evaluation of these technologies.

The course has strong links to various parts of the high school syllabus, particularly in Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Geography.

The course firstly looks at motivations for changing our energy production and use followed by an assessment of our energy demands now and in the future. To meet these demands renewable technologies are evaluated as well as coal or gas with carbon sequestration, nuclear and geothermal.

A wide range of teaching resources is provided.


Secondary teachers of Science and Geography

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

2.3.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Curriculum, assessment and reporting:  Design and implement learning and teaching programs using knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements,

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:   Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Purpose and Sources of Information

    • Introduction to Course

    • Course Structure

    • Course Presenter

    • Energy Production & Use

  • 2

    Motivations for Change

    • Reasons To Change

    • Climate Change

    • Slides: Motivation for Change

    • Motivations for Change Activity

    • Responses from Previous Participants to Motivations Question

    • Resources available for Download

  • 3

    Energy Consumption

    • Methodology

    • Energy Consumption

    • Slides: Energy Consumption

    • Activity: Energy Consumption

    • Responses from Previous Participants regarding Energy Consumption

    • Resources available for Download

  • 4


    • Definitions

    • Wind Power

    • Solar Thermal

    • Solar PV

    • Storage, Other Renewables and Hydrogen

    • Slides: Wind, Solar and Storage

    • Slides: Other Renewables and Hydrogen

    • Activity: Renewables

    • Responses from Previous Participants regarding Activity on Renewables

    • Resources available for Download

  • 5

    Coal, Gas and Nuclear

    • Coal and Carbon Sequestration

    • Clean Coal Technologies - Summary

    • Gas

    • Nuclear

    • Slides: Coal, Gas and Nuclear

    • Activity: Coal, Gas and Nuclear

    • Responses from Previous Participants for the Activity on Coal, Gas and Nuclear

    • Resources available for Download

  • 6

    Future Energy Plans

    • Energy Plans: World

    • Energy Plans: Australia

    • Slides: Future Energy Plans

    • Activity: Future Energy Plans

    • Responses from Previous Participants for Activity: Future Energy Plans

    • Resources available for Download

  • 7

    Resources for Teachers

    • Links to Teacher Resources

    • Slides: Teacher Resources

    • Course Notes

    • Resources available for Download

  • 8


    • Course Review

    • You did it!

  • 9

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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