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2018 09 11 RA 023


Explore renewable energy in this hands on STEM session.

The perfect accompaniment to Maths Week Scotland this workshop allows your class to investigate how renewable energy is generated, design and test their own turbine models and even build their own LEGO town.
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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 

Length of session:

75 mins




10:30/12:30 (75mins). Check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop.

Curriculum links:

  • LIT 2-02a - 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. 
  • MNU 2-03a - Having determined which calculations are needed I can solve problems with whole numbers using a range of methods, sharing my solutions.
  • SCN 2-04aBy considering examples where energy is conserved, I can identify the energy source, how it is transferred and ways of reducing wasted energy. 
  • EXA 2-06aI can develop and communicate my ideas, demonstrating imagination and presenting at least one possible solution to a design problem. 
  • TCH 2-02b - 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 2-06a - 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 2-07a - I can make suggestions as to how individuals and organisations may use technologies to support sustainability and reduce the impact on our environment. 
  • TCH 2-09a - I can extend and enhance my design skills to solve problems and can construct models. 

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Maths Week Scotland

Maths Week Scotland is a celebration of the importance of maths in our everyday lives. This year Maths Week Scotland will take place 26 September – 2 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. 


Maths resources
Powerhouse PDF P5
PDF (1.2 MB)
Powerhouse PDF P6-7
PDF (645.3 KB)
Powerhouse PPT P5
PPTX (37.8 MB)
Powerhouse PPT P6-7
PPTX (37.8 MB)
Solar Panel areas
DOCX (39.5 KB)
Powerhouse follow up teacher notes
DOCX (64.4 KB)

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