How can solar energy power the night?
Renewable energy sources are intermittent by nature, whether it’s the sun setting, lack of wind, or even changes in the tides. Fortunately, there are ways to store excess energy to tap into at these times.
A short 4 minute video explaining the topic for students.
Digital interactive activities can be used in your classroom in conjunction with the video, or independently.
Worksheets and Classroom Activities
Topic PDF worksheets can be used in your classroom either in conjunction with the video or independently.
This Q&A worksheet is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.
This is a PDF version of the digital interactive found above.
This worksheet has all the instructions on how to run an independent, practical classroom activity.
Students build a battery using a lemon and see it light an LED light.
Teacher notes & worksheet answers
By using the resources available for this topic, your students have the opportunity to learn:
- Capturing solar power is only the beginning, we also have to transport it to where it’s used
- The earliest battery was called a voltaic pile and used chemistry to generate electricity
- Modern batteries come in various sizes, and can be used to store large amounts of energy from the sun
- There are other methods of storing solar energy such as hydrogen, pumped hydro and gravity
Lower Secondary topics are designed for Australian grade 7 and 8 students and are aligned to Australian curriculums.