Energy – What’s The Big Idea?

Caitlin is here to kick-off #PoweringTheFutureWeek with an introduction to what energy is and how it works, some different types of energy, and some energy phrases that you might have heard of. 

After you have watched the video try going on an Energy Hunt.

Grab a pen and paper and try to find different objects around your home or school that have different types of energy, and sort them into the five categories below. You could even set a timer and see how many you could find in 10 minutes

Movement / Kinetic Energy
Light Energy
Sound Energy
Heat / Thermal Energy
Chemical Energy

How many did you find? Let us know below.


Energy Hunt

How many different energy types did you find?

How many objects did you find that had movement / kinetic energy?

How many objects did you find that had light energy?

How many objects did you find that had sound energy?

How many objects did you find that had heat / thermal energy?

How many objects did you find that had chemical energy?

From the 17th to 23rd August 2020, Glasgow Science Centre ‘s #GSCAtHome campaign ran a week-long special on Powering The Future, with a series of seven engaging videos on the theme of energy.

Produced in an “at-home” style the videos introduce concepts of energy and provide instructions on how to carry out some simple experiments at home or in the classroom.

All the videos are presented by Glasgow Science Centre’s team of Science Communicators and are free to view and use in the classroom.

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