Energy investigations

Energy investigations

Set up time


What you need

Find the facts, Energy investigation, Energy snap worksheets


To encourage students to think about all the different ways we use energy, and to explore ways that we could save energy in our homes and lives.

Learning outcomes


Your students will compare high energy activities with those that use less energy.


Your students will think of interesting questions and investigations about energy usage.


Your students will discuss and debate various myths about energy, and learn the facts.


Find the facts: discuss the myths in the worksheet and ask students to write a response. Share the facts.

Energy investigation: ask students to think up interesting questions about energy, and get peers to research answers.

Energy snap: match up high energy appliances with their low energy alternatives. Think of other possible pairs.

Conclusion: based on the activities, discuss how we can use our knowledge of energy to change our behaviour.

What things do you do at home that you could easily change to save energy?
Can you invent another game that educates players about the importance of saving energy?

Time required
30 mins

Extension: A bike blender

We all like a fresh milkshake or smoothie! But a blender uses a lot of electricity. The good news? There’s an energy efficient alternative that uses your leg-power to charge up the blender. That’s right, it’s a bike blender!

That’s how many bikes are in Melbourne’s bike share program. Imagine if they all had blenders!


Energy can easily change form. For example, the kinetic (movement) energy of a bike can be transformed into electricity.


As this video shows, a bike can be used to power lights, wash clothes, and grind up food. And the best part? It’s clean, green energy.


There are many creative ways to harness the energy of something like a bike. Can you think of other toys or tools we could use?


What modifications, or changes, would you make to the Fender Bender to improve its performance?