STEM Year 7

Energy Efficiency


Energy Efficiency

In this unit students conduct a research investigation on energy consumption and efficiency in the school context. The investigation follows scientific methods and skills with mathematical analysis methods using digital technologies to evaluate inputs and outputs in an integrated STEM approach. Students determine the energy efficiency rating of the school then seek ways to improve this rating using research methods including data collection from online data as well as surveys.

Key Activities

  • Purpose – Your mission
  • Research Question – Identifying possible impacts and effects
  • Background Observations – A preliminary look at data
  • Research prediction – A cause-effect statement
  • Research design – Fair test
  • Collecting and collating data – Outcomes
  • Collecting and collating data – Impacts
  • Analysing Background Data -Trends
  • Energy consumption factors – Light use
  • Energy savings – Revisiting prediction – Mathematics or survey options
  • Conclusions – Results, Confidence, Studies and Actions
  • Communication – Presentation to target audience

Key Concepts

  • Efficient use of energy in a school is dependent on patterns of use
  • Informed decision making is based on evidence

STEM Research Investigation Teacher Guide

This research investigation seeks to set a framework for investigating energy consumption and generation in the school context.

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