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Houses & Buildings - ELECTRICIAN

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What is this job about?

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

 

 

1. Watch the following video - Skills One TV - David Anderson Video

Skills One TV

2. What is David's role? What is he called?

3. List the jobs that David attends to during the day. Put them onto a timeline.

4. What precautions does David take for each job?

5. Look at the next video - Skills One TV - David Millard Video

Capitol Theatre

6. What is David Millard's role at the Capitol Theatre? What does this job entail?

7. List the jobs he looks after.

8. What extra courses has he done for this job?

9. Discussion

With a partner, discuss the type of job you would like to do. Why?

 




Electricity Bills - Yuck! Research & Action Plan!

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary


CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority

 



1. Australians are very concerned about their rising electricity bills!

You are to find out:

  • Your household's quarterly electricity bills. Which quarter is the most expensive for your household? Why?

2. Compare these bills with other students in your class. Are they similar? What is the difference?

Put all the class' electricity bills into a graph. What is the average cost per quarter?

3. How many students in your class has solar panels? Do any of the households supply energy to the grid? How many are self-sufficient - they don't have or have very little electricity bills?

4. In order to reduce your family's electricity bills, you are to read the following article listing "22 ways to cut your energy bills" The Conversation 15 June 2016 Reading

The Conversation

How many of these 22 ways your family has undertaken? Are there any others on the list that your family could do? How will you help to achieve these extra ways?

5. Find out from the Principal the cost of the school's electricity bills. Are you surprised at the cost?

Discussion

Discuss with a partner, how using the 22 ways, you could adapt this list to apply to the school. 

6. To help cut down on the school's electricity bills, you are to create a poster explaining to the rest of the students and staff what measures they can do to reduce this commodity.

Canva

7. How will check that your strategies to reduce the school's electricity bills has worked?

 

Solar Panels - should (or can) we all have them?

 MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority

PhilosophyPhilosophy

1. In groups of 4 - 5 students, read the following articles and list the relevant points. Any interesting data should also be noted. Reading

The Conversation 13 June 2018

The Conversation
The Conversation 25 August 2017

The Conversation
The Conversation 2 May 2017

The Conversation
The Conversation 6 August 2017

The Conversation

2. Create a Community of Inquiry [CoI] and list one question per group on the whiteboard. Look at all the questions and decide as a class which question needs to be answered.

3. After the CoI, each group member is to take on various roles:

a. Your grandmother, a pensioner and unable to afford solar panels

b. A neighbour who is middle class and is thinking about installing solar panels

c. A single parent at your school who would like to reduce their energy bills

d. An environmentalist who is concerned with the use of coal generated electricity

e. A politician who has conflicting issues around energy - reduction in greenhouse emissions; coal-generating jobs;

4. As a class, all the "grandmothers" are to get together to create their argument about their need for a reduction in their electricity bills; while the other roles will also get together as a group to form their arguments.

5. After discussing as a role group, return to your original group and discuss the big question:



Solar Panels - should (or can) we all have them?

 

Please Explain & Analyse!

High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

 

1. As a person who wants to be involved in the electrical industry, you need to understand the debate around networks, solar panels and the powergrid.

You are to read the following article from The Conversation 28 September 2016 Reading

The Conversation

2. With a partner, you are to explain this article to people who don't have an interest in electricity except maybe the cost!

To do this, you are to work out the 5 key points. Compare your 5 key points with your partner and reduce it down to 3 key points between you.

3. Start constructing a Comic Head cartoon about this content using the Free CH app explaining for students your age what this article is about.  

Comic Head Screenshots

4. To complete this cartoon strip, you need to read a further article from The Conversation 18 October 2016 Reading

The Conversation

5. Explain what you think the future holds in this industry in your cartoon strip. As an electrician or solar panel installer, what do you think will be the main feature of future jobs? Add your thoughts to the cartoon strip.

 

 

Here Comes the Sun (developed by Try Engineering.org)

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Here Comes the Sun

TeacherTeacher

This lesson explores the concept of how solar energy is gathered by solar panels and adapted to provide power to a variety of machines, from calculators to spacecraft. Students disassemble a solar powered calculator and explore the component parts. Students work in teams to suggest design enhancements to the calculator to improve performance.
  
Learn about solar power and solar panel design and operation.
Learn about how calculators work and how the product is comprised of many different component parts.
Learn about teamwork and the engineering problem solving/design process.

Lesson Plan [PDF - 10 pages]

Student Handouts
[Word doc 2 pages]

 

Solar Structures (developed by Try Engineering.org)

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy
Critical
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

TeacherTeacher

This lesson focuses on how the sun’s energy can be used to heat and cool buildings. Teams of students construct passive solar houses from everyday materials. The houses will be tested for how well they keep warm or cool depending on the time of year.
  
Design and build a passive solar house
Test and refine their designs
Communicate their design process and results

Lesson Plan [PDF - 11 pages]

Student Handouts [Word doc - 3 pages ]

 

 

 


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