Learning objects Energy chains: build an energy chain

TLF ID L2353

Build an energy chain for a power station. Find out about fuel and how the energy converters work. Examine the type of energy change that happens in each converter. For example, see how a turbine changes the heat energy in steam into spinning motion. Arrange converters into the correct chain so that the energy in fuel can be delivered as electricity. This learning object is the first in a series of five objects that progressively increase in complexity.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify fuels as carriers of stored energy.
  • Students describe the energy conversions associated with some energy converters.
  • Students arrange energy converters into a logical chain to achieve a desired overall energy transformation.
Educational value
  • Describes the function of the fuel and energy converters in a coal-fired power station.
  • Requires students to place energy converters into a logical sequence so that the energy of the fuel is transformed into electrical energy.
  • Asks students to review the energy chain constructed.
  • Includes authentic photographs of fuel and energy converters.
  • Includes an option to print the energy chain constructed.
Year level

6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Physical sciences
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science understanding
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
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    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
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    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 06 Nov 2015
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    • Technical implementer
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    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    • Interactive Resource
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