Energy Sparks: Signposting of Energy Education Resources, Lesson Plans and Suggested Teaching Material
This page signposts energy related resources, and can be used by teachers planning lessons or pupils researching energy projects. We have identified 200 different resources and have catalogued them below. If you know of resources we have not included please let us know and we can add them to our database please email us . We have grouped the resources 4 ways:
- By Source e.g. the EnergyPod program (EDF) or the BBC
- By Topic e.g. nuclear power
- By Media Type e.g. video, lesson plan, games, quizzes
- By subject e,g, Maths, Science, Geography
In addition we are developing some of our own programs focused on the Energy Sparks website. We have also tried to rate the resources (out of 5) to provide some guidance on which individual videos, lesson plans etc. within a given categorisation are best in our opinion, please let us know if you disagree and we will adjust the ratings accordingly.
Teaching Resources grouped by Source/Programme
There are a reasonable number of complete energy education programs available for example Energy Pod or the BBC, the more comprehensive sources are highlighted below. It is possible to construct a series of lesson plans or projects entirely from one source, however some are better than others. The programmes are largely dominated by the big 6 energy companies, some of which provide better and more up to date resources than others. The other main source is charitable or EU projects which tend to be more neutral, but are often out of date as they don’t receive on-going funding:
Teaching Resources grouped by Topic
This section is broken down by subject. The main subjects are the different sources of electricity e.g. coal, gas, nuclear, wind etc. You need to be a little careful when suing the information as some of it is out of date – the ‘UK Electricity Energy Mix’ has changed dramatically in the last few years, with for example coal’s contribution reducing from 30% to almost nothing in 2017 and wind increasing from almost nothing to 12%. Other subjects include energy saving, insulation, how electricity gets from the power station to homes.