Energy resources are a key feature of the secondary curriculum and concepts link to other curricular areas within science and the wider curriculum.
Exploring energy resources provides students with an insight into their future, as the world’s energy mix is likely to look very different in the coming decades as we tackle the challenges of climate change, a growing world population, and the need to connect over a billion people who currently don’t have access to electricity.
This resource is a collaborative project by OurFuture.Energy and The Association for Science Education.
The OurFuture.Energy (OFE) website has a wealth of information, ideas and approaches to the complex issues surrounding the energy industry. Young people of today are the energy consumers and decision makers of the future and it is essential that they have the scientific literacy to make well-informed decisions about energy policy, supply and use.
These lesson resources are intended to provide students with a focus through which to explore the resources on OurFuture.Energy website collaboratively and largely independent of the teacher. They also provide an opportunity for peer teaching and for students to practice presentation skills. They are designed to provide customisable lessons for teachers, with an open-ended approach for students.
- To increase students’ awareness of energy issues that they will face during their lifetime, through exploration and evaluation of OFE and other web resources, and through discussion and argument with others;
- To provide students with a stimulating and informative exploration of energy issues;
- To evaluate possible local, national and global solutions to energy issues; and
- To explore and stimulate interest in STEM careers related to the energy industry.
Overview of the resources
You can download all the resources you need on the links below. The resources comprise:
For teachers – a teacher guide and a PowerPoint presentation supporting lesson delivery:
For students – guidance comprising: Student briefing cards with optional research guidance; Organising your group; Top tips for effective collaboration; PowerPoint presentation guidance and a sample poster presentation to model ‘What A Good One Looks Like (WAGOLL)’.