Learning objects Wind farm: cool solutions

TLF ID L1341

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a wind farm in a coastal community. Explore other options such as solar power or extension of coal-fired power. Gather facts and opinions from local residents such as a dairy farmer, small business owner, young family and retired people. Look at the relationship of energy options to global warming and climate change. Consider issues of ecological sustainability, economic development, social responsibility, lifestyle and visual impact. Decide whether to proceed with the development. This learning object is the last in a series of two objects that progressively increase in difficulty.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a wind farm in a coastal community.
  • Students balance issues of ecological sustainability, economic development, social responsibility, aesthetics and lifestyle implications in determining a preferred course of action.
Educational value
  • Students compare and evaluate a range of future scenarios.
  • Students collect, interpret and analyse data about the impact of power generation.
  • Students recommend a strategy and complete a report summarising reasons for their decision.
  • The evidence provided allows enough scope for a range of alternative opinions and solutions to be justified.
  • An option to print a summary report is available, including the key recommendation, reasoning and supporting data.
Year level

9; 10

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment;
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Studies of society and environment/Environmental issues
    • Studies of society and environment/Environmental management
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Modelling;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Michael Hyde
    • Organisation: Eagle Wordsmith
    • Address: Coburg VIC Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Instructional designer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.