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Engineering Centenary Schools Challenge. Energy Futures Lab: Future Generations

Energy Futures Lab: Future Generations Introduction This year, Imperial College London celebrates 100 Years of Living Science. To mark this, the Faculty of Engineering is inviting schools from London and
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Energy Futures Lab: Future Generations Introduction This year, Imperial College London celebrates 100 Years of Living Science. To mark this, the Faculty of Engineering is inviting schools from London and the South East to take part in the, an opportunity for the future decision makers to look at the complex challenges that face energy engineers and scientists. The Challenge draws and expands on the knowledge developed during their key stage 3 education and provides students with the chance to fully appreciate the immediate need for practical solutions in order to create an atmosphere which will allow our economy to grow without sacrificing the environment. Getting to Imperial College London The will be held at Imperial College London s South Kensington campus. The nearest tube station is South Kensington, which is serviced by the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. From the tube it is a 10 minute walk through the subway, taking the last exit. Turn left and walk down to the main entrance, a large glass fronted building. Walk through the main entrance into a courtyard and across the courtyard to a walkway which has shops and amenities along it. After the opticians there is a sliding door on your left which will take you into the Sherfield Building facing the Great Hall please find a map of the campus attached as an appendix, there will be signs indicating the way Health and Safety While each team will have an Energy Mentor for the day, it is their teacher s responsibility to ensure the health, safety and behaviour of their students. Please note that in the event of a fire there are doors through which you can exit at the front and the rear of the hall. Please assemble in front of the Queen s Tower outside the Sherfield Building. If a child is lost, they must report themselves to either a security guard or to a receptionist in any of the campus buildings, the must ask to be accompanied back to the Great Hall by a security guard. If there are any accidents during the day, please report this to a member of the Imperial team or Energy Mentor. The Great Hall is for the use of those taking part in the Engineering Centenary Schools Challenge, if there are any members of the public who are in the hall but not taking part, please report this to a member of the organising team. Finally for your general health and safety and peace of mind, please refrain from running, please take care on the stairs and keep all obstacles, including bags, out of the walkways and other areas. Agenda 10:00 Arrive Register Assigned Energy Mentor 10:15 Introduction to Imperial Prof Stephen Richardson 10:30 Introduction to day by Dr Peter Evans 10:45 Devise team name Brainstorm means of energy production Complete energy flow diagram jigsaw 11:00 Rank brainstormed list in terms of UK energy use 11:10 Round up of actual UK use Dr Evans Introduction to next exercise Dr Evans 11:15 Energy Technologies Top trumps 11:35 Round up Dr Evans 11:40 Write up advantages and disadvantages 11:45 What is a watt Apple powered light bulb W MW scale up conversion How much power does the UK use & fluctuations during the day 12:15 LUNCH 13:15 Introduction to afternoon plan Dr Evans 13:20 Explain what each role works Assign roles to each team member 13:30 10 Yr Portfolio Model Round up 14:00 Marketplace 14:30 50 Yr Portfolio Model Round Up 15:00 Prepare Presentations 15:15 Presentations 15:45 Thanks and Prizes 16:00 Leave 10:00 Arrive, Register and Assigned PhD Helper Arrive at the Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College for 10am. Registration is at the desk outside the hall where a pre-assigned PhD helper will meet you and take you into the hall and your workstation for the day the children will be given a sticker for them to write their name on 10:15 Introduction to Imperial Stephen Richardson Prof Richardson will welcome the schools to Imperial College, explain briefly about Imperial College, the centenary and the Energy Futures Lab. Prof Richardson will be back at the end of the day to help with judging and present the prizes to the winning team 10:30 Introduction to day by Peter Evans Dr Evans will describe the activities for the day and the time line; he will then introduce the first task 10:40 Devise team name; Brainstorm means of energy production; Complete energy flow diagram jigsaw Teams will pick a team name before starting. The teams will be asked to brainstorm the different means of energy production. The Energy Mentor will write these onto a pack of cards with the loop side of Velcro on the back and stick it up onto their display board wall. The teams will then split into two groups and be given an envelope containing a jigsaw of an energy production flow chart. Once completed the teams will compare their answers 10:55 Round up of brainstorm and jigsaw Dr Evans will round up the first task and lead into the next exercise 11:00 Ranking brainstormed list in terms of UK energy use The teams will take the list of energy production methods and rank them in the order they think Britain uses them to create electricity 11:10 Round up of actual UK use, Intro to next exercise Dr Evans will give the teams the answers and introduce the top trumps exercise. 11:15 Top trumps Each team splits into two and are given a stack of energy technology Top Trumps. The teams then use them to play a couple of rounds to familiarise themselves with what strengths and weaknesses each technology has. The Energy Mentor will distribute the worksheet 11:35 Round up Dr Evans will give a brief round up highlighting the key factors in choosing each technology the environment, the cost and the amount of power it produces. Dr Evans will ask the teams to write down the advantages and disadvantages of each technology onto their worksheet 11:40 Write up advantages and disadvantages As explained above 11:45 How much power does the UK use, what is power, what is a watt, W MW scale up, conversion, Fluctuations in energy use during the day Once the different types of energy technology have been explored, the students will then think about energy and power in terms of the UK and what does that mean. Each team will have loaded on their computer a brief interactive presentation called The Apple Powered Light Bulb which explores work, watts and their interactions. The children will move onto exploring watts to megawatts scale up. Each child will have a cube net with light bulbs printed on. These represent 1 100W light bulb and are 5cm 3. In their teams the children will be asked to walk 50cm, this represents 1KW which is the amount of energy a kettle uses, this will be continued until they have explored how far they would have to walk for the equivalent of 1MW and how many watts different types of energy technology provides. 12:15 LUNCH The children will be given a lunch voucher by their Energy Mentor and taken to the Junior Common Room to get lunch. During lunch the marketplace will be set up 13:15 Introduction to afternoon plan The afternoon plan centres of an MS Excel spreadsheet developed by the Energy Futures Lab which allows the children to compare and contrast different scenarios 13:20 Assign roles Each team member will be given a specific role and must think from the view point of that person. Roles will include: Consumer, Minister for Environment, Minister for Energy etc each team member will have to input their ideas about how they feel Britain s energy supply should be generated from their roles point of view. The teams will discuss their role and with the guidance of the Energy Mentor will determine which aspects will be most important to them. 13:30 10 Yr Model The children will have run the MS Excel model, discuss which technology should be built and why being mindful of their roles. Each team will copy down their results on the A0 poster provided detailing the main sources of power and a brief sentence on how they are going to make it happen. This could be through better planning laws etc Round up Dr Evans will round up the activity discussing with the students their ideas and reasoning behind their decisions 14:00 Marketplace Each technology will have a marketplace stall occupied by a champion of that technology, each team will have to visit each stall and garner information about the future of that technology from the perspective of their role. The students will be talking to real researchers from across Imperial College, all working on different state-of-the-art technologies that have the potential to meet our future energy needs. The students acting in their assigned roles are looking to quiz the Imperial researchers as to why they should opt for a particular technology and persuade their team that it should/should not be included and build these ideas into their 50 year plan. 14:30 50 Yr Model Following the marketplace the children will then use that to make informed decisions on which technologies they would like to be used generating Britain s electricity in They also have the option of reducing Britain s energy demand. They must be able to argue their reasons why they have made those decisions 15:00 Prepare presentations Each team will have 15 minutes to prepare a small 5 minute presentation details what they have chosen, why and how they are going to implement it. This will be done with the aid of the A0 sheet, illustrating their decisions 15:15 Presentations Each group will have 5 minutes to present their ideas 15:45 Thanks and Prizes The Energy Mentor and the organising team will vote on which team presented the best ideas, Prof Richardson will have the deciding vote. The winning team and school will be presented with their prize at this time 16:00 Leave
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