On Thursday 5th November, 5th Class attended an Energy or “Guzzler” Workshop facilitated by Emlyn Cullen from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. We discussed renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, the role of CO2 in climate change and the things we can do to save energy. Emlyn then led a number of science experiments on the theme of energy, calling on various children to assist with his demonstrations and encouraging us all to make predictions on their outcomes and to analyse and interpret results. Using bouncing balls, he showed the conversion of kinetic energy to sound, heat and vibration; using Newton’s Cradle, we examined forces and the laws of motion in action; and using potato batteries, we investigated the conversion of chemical energy into electrical energy. Emlyn then split us up into teams to play Guzzler’s Energy Challenge Game, where teams answered questions based on the energy topics that we had covered in the earlier parts of the workshop.
The workshops were interesting and interactive and Guzzler’s Energy Challenge Game proved very competitive and enjoyable. On behalf of the school, we would like to thank Emlyn and SEAI for developing our understanding of energy conservation.
Have a look at some images taken during our Energy Workshop.