Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options

Learn how to teach your students good and interesting lessons about sustainable energy and climate change from a balanced and unbiased perspective.
Target Audience
Secondary Teachers of Science and Geography
131 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Hi there. My name is Brian Sowerby, a former CSIRO Chief Research Scientist. I have created this course to provide you with teaching tools that can be used to engage students in up-to-date learning on how to provide energy in the future while minimising environmental damage. The course provides a balanced and unbiased overview of the various options. The focus of the course is on providing information on the various technologies and on conducting a realistic evaluation of these technologies. The course has strong links to various parts of the high school syllabus, particularly in Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Geography. The course firstly looks at motivations for changing our energy production and use followed by an assessment of our energy demands now and in the future. To meet these demands renewable technologies are evaluated as well as coal or gas with carbon sequestration, nuclear and geothermal. A wide range of teaching resources is provided.

Audience

Secondary Teachers of Science and Geography

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description



This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 27/11/2017 Sydney CBD Places available $339 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Motivations for Change.

30 minutes

In the first session you will learn about motivations for changing our energy production and use. These motivations include finite resources, energy security and climate change. World energy reserves will be reviewed and climate data and climate models will be discussed.

Energy Consumption

45 minutes

In this session you will be introduced to a methodology that can be used to express our energy consumption in simple units that are easy to understand and compare. Our energy consumption includes transport (cars, planes, freight, etc); heating and cooling; lighting; information systems and other gadgets; food and manufacturing.

Renewable Energy Technologies

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this session you will learn about renewable technologies including wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, energy storage, biomass combustion and fuel, hydroelectric, geothermal, wave and tide. Their potential to provide significant energy in the future will be realistically evaluated.

Coal, Gas and Nuclear

1 hour

In this session we will examine whether coal or gas with carbon capture and storage is a viable option to meet our future energy demands. As well we will evaluate nuclear as an alternative.

Future Energy Plans

30 minutes

In this session we will consider a range of possible energy plans for the future (up to 2050) and evaluate the costs of implementing these plans.

Resources for Teachers

45 minutes

In the final session you will be provided with a range of teaching resources that are available for use in the classroom including a full set of PowerPoint slides from this course and a range of video and website links. In addition you will be asked to share your ideas on how creating lesson plans on sustainable energy.

What To Bring

Laptops Optional

User Rating

4.6

Latest Reviews

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Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
by Marianne Bohdan on 15/03/2016

Great content and clear presentation. A course should be developed for sustainable design development.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
15/03/2016

The context was very up to date and informative.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
15/03/2016

Very detailed coverage of the information. Also an expert in the field.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
by Hiba Haragli on 15/03/2016

Very informative and important

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
15/03/2016

Very informative, detailed and current. Next time more reference to the new syllabus would be greatly appreciated.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
22/12/2014

Very technical – a bit more focused on incorporating these concepts into the classroom would be great.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
by Kate Bailey on 22/12/2014

Very interesting and informative.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
by Megan Bromley on 22/12/2014

This course was rich in content and presented thoughtfully and confidently. It definitely will be of use to me in my teaching and programming.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
by Charlotte Stephens on 22/12/2014

This course goes through exactly the right information for teachers – not too scientific, pitched just right for non-experts. Useful ideas/videos for use in school.

Sustainable Energy: an unbiased Review of Options
by Susan Filan on 22/12/2014

Brian provided heaps of information that I can use for a variety of levels for students. I really appreciated current info for me and resources I can use for students too.

05/12/2013

Lots of useful information/resources.

05/12/2013

It was very useful for me as an individual and will be used in class.

05/12/2013

Well structured and informative.

05/12/2013

Brian is very knowledgeable and even though there were a lot of content, I found it quite easy to follow (having some knowledge of the content being a Science teacher). Good that Brian skipped some of the PPT slides to move through more quickly.

05/12/2013

Great overview and resources to take away. Will begin with stimulating slides and videos and then get students making things,.

05/12/2013

Well suited for the new curriculum as well as for the Year 11-12 syllabus content.

05/12/2013

Well-paced review of a complex issue with excellent array of graphs/data and other useful resources to tap into for lesson preparation. Very informative.

20/11/2012

Very informative and up to date – most useful

20/11/2012

A very thorough examination of different types of energy resources – Wow!

20/11/2012

I loved the presentation of work and data, relevant short videos and resources


About the team


Brian Sowerby

Creator

Brian Sowerby recently retired as Chief Research Scientist and Program Manager (Instrumentation and Control) with CSIRO Minerals. He obtained a BSc (Hons 1) from the University of NSW and a PhD in physics from the Australian National University. Following two years post-doctoral work in Canada, Brian has carried out research and development in Australia on the application of on-line analysis techniques in the mineral, energy and security industries. His work led to the commercialisation of a number of on-line analysis instruments and he has received many awards for this work including the prestigious Australia Prize in 1992.



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