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Low Emission Energy Technologies – An Introduction (based on year 10 guidelines)

Year Level(s) Years 7-10
Subject Area(s) Science SOSE General Science
Topic(s) Coal & Low Emission Technology Energy Renewable Energy Non-Renewable Energy Gas Geothermal Hydro LNG Solar Wind
Resource Type Units of Work

This is a teaching unit, designed for Year 10, aimed at engaging students in investigations about low emission energy sources. A unit outline, teacher guidelines, student activity and an assessment task are provided.

Educational value statement

  • The materials have been developed by the Queensland Resources Council for Queensland schools, and emphasise situations in that state.
  • The teacher guidelines and unit outline contain detailed advice on a sequence of 14 lessons, which includes assessment.
  • The student activity focuses on investigating renewable energy
  • The assessment task asks students to develop a presentation to parliament on a particular low-emission technology and includes a rubric.
  • Can be downloaded as a series of PDF or MSWord files.

Key learning objectives

  • Students compare renewable and non-renewable energy sources that produce low emissions.
  • Students explain how science and technology can contribute to the problem of carbon dioxide emissions
  • Students assess the advantages and disadvantages of low emission energy technologies
  • Students use models to describe how energy is transferred and transformed within a power generating system.


  • Science Understanding: Chemical sciences; Earth and space sciences; Physical sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science.

Australian Curriculum content statements
Science: ACSSU190 (10); ACSHE230 (10); ACSIS208 (10); ACSIS205(10); ACSIS204 (10); ACSIS203(10)

Assessment - Word

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