To celebrate National Earth Day on 22nd April and consider ways in which we can all be more eco-friendly, we have come up with some new resources to support your teaching in this area.
If you are interested in sources of light, why not come up with your own design and make your own sustainably powered light or use the energy from a potato to see in the dark?
You could investigate the photovoltaic effect with your students and use this as a starter to identify different applications for photovoltaic cells, the power sources that were previously used for these applications, and the advantages of photovoltaic cells compared to these power sources.
You could also use your own school as a case study to see which sustainable technologies your school are already using or which ones may be advantageous to use in the future, as well as looking at ways in which your school community could save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
These practical activities help your students explore a range of topics using hands-on approaches. We have also included links to our relevant posters and recent Engineer a Better World campaign looking at greener jobs of the future.
Please note, these resources and experiments have been specifically designed to be carried out with adult supervision or direction as appropriate, and it is recommended that the instructions are followed in a safe manner. All resources and experiments are carried out at your own risk.