While it has long been know there is a limit to the amount of fossil fuels available, each generation must be taught anew how it is used in the world as a source of energy. Today’s students might have some glimmer of the dilemma man faces as the supply of this important energy source keeps rising, but their understanding is often limited. Giving them an education in energy sources has become an important part of helping them realize how their world works, and it is also a good way to help them learn about looking at alternatives.
Power for Everyday Life
While children seldom think about it, their parents often remind them that power does not grow out of trees. It might not be grown locally, but scientists have long been exploring the energy potential of biomass. It is seen as a new way to create more energy in a world where it is becoming increasingly necessary to power the large range of devices that require electricity. Children take it for granted there will always be power when they plug in a device, but they might to know where it originates. Teaching them about the sources of power is an important step in helping them understand the wider world around them and how it functions.
A Look at Sustainability
There might be quite a few students who have heard about sustainability, but it is not always a concept they understand well. For those in assemblies KS2, learning about renewable energy sources is a good concept to help them understand the limits of power production in the world. Primary Works has a slide presentation developed for students to help them understand the basics of power sources, fossil fuels and how it relates to the need to find and establish sustainable energy sources for continued power generation.
The Science of Energy
There are many complex concepts that go into manufacturing power for the home, industries and travel. Students who begin to learn early about the science of energy use and production have a better chance of understanding the needs of their society as they become young adults, and they will be more likely to take the subject seriously as they become productive members of society. Teaching them early is a way to help them internalize the information that can lead to a better future for them and their families, so finding and teaching good examples of energy generation and use are the best ways to help them understand the work involved.
The world increasingly needs more energy, but there are limits to fossil fuels. Sustainable power sources will become more important as today’s students become adults, so helping them understand the way energy is part of their world now can help them make good future decisions later. It might appear to be an impossible topic for them to learn, but educators have found children adapt quickly to any subject if it is taught well. Giving students the basics they need to know about power generation now will help energize them for learning about sustainability in the future.