Find out about the different types of renewable energy sources used in Scotland in this hands-on STEM session for P5–7 pupils.

Classes: P5–7
Cost: £75
Timings: 10:30/12:30 (75 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Mon 30 Sept – Thu 3 Oct 2019, Mon 2 – Thu 5 Dec 2019, Tue 26 – Thu 28 May 2020

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How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Split your class into four groups and assign one adult per group. Maximum capacity 33 children. 

You can download our Renewable Energy in Scotland Teachers' Guide which includes related activities and information.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils investigate solar and wind power through a range of hands-on STEM activities. Classes then build their own energy-efficient town and calculate how to power it using renewable energy sources.

Pupils will:

  • Test a range of solar powered items
  • Construct a wind turbine and test then refine their design
  • Build a LEGO house, working with others
  • Calculate how to power their house using renewable energy sources

Download our related Maths activities here:

Powerhouse Follow Up Maths Activities Booklet

Related PowerPoint Slides (PowerPoint)

Related PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Maths Week

Maths Week Scotland is a celebration of the importance of maths in our everyday lives. This year Maths Week Scotland will take place 30 September – 6 October.

Enjoy events and activities across Scotland, and find out about the maths in everything from solar flares to robots. Events take place for families, adults and schools.

We're also planning a series of special events throughout the year so follow the hashtag #MathsWeekScot and head to the Maths Week Scotland website to keep up to date with the latest news.

Useful resources and activities

Curriculum links






When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a



Having determined which calculations are needed I can solve problems with whole numbers using a range of methods, sharing my solutions. MNU 2-03a.



By considering examples where energy is conserved, I can identify the energy source, how it is transferred and ways of reducing wasted energy.

SCN 2-04a.

 Expressive Arts


I can develop and communicate my ideas, demonstrating imagination and presenting at least one possible solution to a design problem.

EXA 2-06a.



I can investigate the use and development of renewable and sustainable energy to gain an awareness of their growing importance in Scotland or beyond.

TCH 2-02b

I can analyse how lifestyles can impact on the environment and Earth’s resources and can make suggestions about how to live in a more sustainable way.

TCH 2-06a

I can make suggestions as to how individuals and organisations may use technologies to support sustainability and reduce the impact on our environment.

TCH 2-07a

I can extend and enhance my design skills to solve problems and can construct models.

TCH 2-09a

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