How Can Water Generate Electricity?

How Can Water Generate Electricity?

Lesson 7 of 18 in this unit

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Lesson summary

Students conduct an experiment that demonstrates how a water turbine can form a critical part of an electrical generator. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the role of circuit components in the transfer and transformation of electrical energy.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • conduct an experiment to prove a theory. 

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

Science:

Students learn to:

  • investigate the transfer and transformation of energy in electrical circuits, including the role of circuit components, insulators and conductors (AC9S6U03)

Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 6, students identify the role of circuit components in the transfer and transformation of electrical energy.

Resources required

  • Jug
  • Large plastic bottle x 3 per group
  • Pencil or knitting needle
  • Straws x 3
  • String
  • Tape
  • Water

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • curiosity
  • reflection
  • critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - support students in the theories, practical experimentation, and explaining and recording their observations. 

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