Activity description and learning aims:
  • The pupils are to build a working model of an island system that may be based on existing instances and copy their elements and features. They should discuss own design ideas and make a list of needed material. Try and error methods may be needed to achieve a high efficiency at all times. They should then determine the overall performance.
  • knowledge: energy conversion; functional principles of energy converters and storage; properties of energy converters and storage facilities
    inquiry: observation; description; creating and proving a hypothesis; systematizing; planning, conducting and evaluating design task; using models; comparison
    communication: online research; literature research; lab notes; schemes; manuals; group discussion; tables; diagrams; formula
  • appraisal: evaluation of design task; controversy about hydrogen
  • See unit description.
Suggestions for use:
  • The pupils should investigate the local situation regarding energy production, find suitable solutions for energy transformation and eventually a continuous energy supply, and present their findings easy to understand.
  • An industry visit at an existing island facility or expert interview is recommended.
Recommended questions:
  • What are possible ways of energy transformation?
  • Which way is most effective?
  • How is energy stored?
  • How is the facility managed?
  • Which materials are needed?
  • What is the power output of our facility?