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Learning objects Energy chains: power up!

TLF ID L2356

Build energy chains to power appliances and vehicles. Find out about energy sources and how energy converters work. Select the energy converters that suit each source and vehicle. For example, work out how to drive a car using the energy from sunlight. This learning object is one in a series of five learning objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students describe the energy conversions associated with some energy converters.
  • Students arrange energy converters into a logical chain to operate appliances or propel vehicles.
  • Students make judgements about the suitability of energy sources for various applications.
Educational value
  • Describes the function of a variety of energy converters.
  • Requires students to place energy converters into logical sequences so that the energy of different sources is used to operate a radio or propel vehicles.
  • Provides feedback about the feasibility of energy chains.
  • 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
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 06 Nov 2015
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 6.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 3.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 3.0 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: X
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: 2000 - maximum version: Vista
    Platform requirements
    • Initial load time may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64 kbit/s connection due to the use of rich media content.
    • © 2015 Education Services Australia Ltd, except where indicated in Acknowledgements.