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The Future Sparks educational materials project is being undertaken by CSIRO Education for Green Cross Australia.

These educational resources are designed to introduce teachers and students to Australia's use of 'clean energy' as one of the carbon dioxide mitigation options available for achieving significant reductions in atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions. Whilst not an exhaustive educational resource, it is intended to raise the awareness of school-aged students about our changing climate, clean energy practices and applications and the other alternative energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Information contained in this educational resource may be copied or reproduced for the study, research, information or education purposes in the Future Sparks program, provided that an acknowledgement of this educational resource is included.

The materials in this educational resource have been developed by Angela Colliver from CSIRO Education.

The views and opinions expressed in materials created by parties other than CSIRO and included in this educational resource do not necessarily reflect those of CSIRO. CSIRO neither endorses nor is responsible for the content of such party's material.

Where experiments are involved, you are advised to carefully follow all instructions and heed all warnings. Experiments should be conducted only under adult supervision.

While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of this educational resource are factually correct, CSIRO does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this educational resource.

Climate change

Climate change is one of the most challenging issues facing the world today. Our climate is already changing. Our temperature increased over the last century and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future - the question is by how much?

New clean energy technologies and behavioural changes will be needed to modify the impact human activity has on atmospheric greenhouse gases. Improvements to the efficiency and reliability of renewable energy sources, efficiency of energy usage, and other novel ideas and unforeseen technology will also need to be considered as potential courses of action.

The effects of human-produced greenhouse gases are intergenerational. It is going to take years - even decades - to reverse the trend. We need to begin the process of change now.

This is where the Future Sparks comes into play. We want to encourage our youth to understand the range of clean energy, renewable and low emission energy technologies being explored as options in managing the risks of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide.

How can teachers be part of the process?

As teachers, there is an opportunity to place climate change and clean energy technologies high on the school and classroom agenda - to give all students opportunities to explore the current understanding and science that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This resource has been developed to help teachers:

  • Initiate a learning program about clean, renewable and low emission energy technologies and climate change
  • Support student's learning for the Future Sparks video competition.

This resource provides information in three parts.

Section 1: Contains an extended learning inquiry of 1-22 x 40 minute lessons/workshops.

Section 2: Contains a basic learning inquiry of 1-16 x 40 minute lessons/workshops.

Section 3: Contains a learning inquiry of a 90 minute lesson/workshop.

Curriculum Links

The lessons/workshops are designed to be integrated into learning areas in the Curriculum in:

  • Science,
  • English, and
  • Technology.

The lessons/workshops have links to the following general capabilities:

  • Literacy
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Intercultural understanding.

The lessons/workshops have links to the following cross-curriculum priority:

  • Sustainability.

The lessons/workshops can be used in a number of ways. There is much choice in each of the inquiry stages and teachers can select, adapt, add to or modify these.

The Competition
The competition

We asked Australian students to make a video or convince us in writing about their BIG ideas for a sustainable energy future.

Check out the fantastic videos we received, all about sustainable energy solutions!

For teachers

Explore the fascinating science edging us closer to low carbon living. This fun, flexible project includes easy-to-use ICT, oodles of resources and FREE lesson plans from CSIRO Education.

Links to Australian curriculum, plus NAPLAN rehearsal.

Find out more
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