Power to the People

With solar-powered cars, flour-flame balls and a game of the Kilowatt-hour-is-right, we explore the science of energy, electricity and explosions.

Age: Primary: Yrs 3-6.
Program Length: 30-45 minutes

Show Synopsis

The show commences with a pop quiz about what uses the most electricity – charging a phone, watching television for an hour, or baking a cake in an electric oven? Introducing the conservation of energy with a demonstration of a Giant Pendulum and a spring-loaded car, the show presents the different things that energy can do, and the ways in which it can be converted from one form to another. The show also presents the various sources of energy we use in everyday life and discusses the future of electricity.

NSW Curriculum Links

ST1-1VA, ST3 - 1VA, ST2-2VA, ST2-3VA, ST2-6PW, ST3-6PW, ST2-7PW, ST3-6PW, ST2-11LW, ST3-11LW

Primary Connections Links

Essential Energy, Circuits and Switches

Curriculum Sections

  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
  • Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity (ACSSU097)
  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)