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Learning objects Energy chains: side effects

TLF ID L2355

Build energy chains that make electricity. Select different energy sources and choose energy-converters to match. Arrange converters into the correct chain so that the energy can be delivered as electricity. Examine the waste products and side effects that occur with each converter. For example, find out the environmental effects of using water to generate electricity in hydroelectric systems. This learning object is one in a series of five objects that progressively increase in complexity.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students arrange energy sources and energy converters into a logical chain to deliver electrical energy.
  • Students describe the side effects, including energy losses and environmental effects, associated with some energy converters.
Educational value
  • Describes the waste products and environmental effects produced in a variety of electricity generation systems.
  • Requires students to place energy converters into logical sequences so that the energy of different sources is transformed into electrical energy.
  • Asks students to review the energy chains constructed.
  • Includes options to save and print the energy chains 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
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2795 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
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    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 06 Nov 2015
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Colin Web
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
    • URL:
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    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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