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Sunday 15th May 2016, 12.15pm

Power People

Did you know that you are in charge of a power station? It's true. Every time you flick a light switch, a power station somewhere in the UK will respond and generate that little bit of extra power you need for your light. In this animation we look at how we, the consumer, could help researchers...

These resources are inspired by the METER project, being carried out at the University of Oxford, that is trying to understand what we’re using all that electricity for and whether changes in behaviour might help us tackle the peak demand problem. In these teaching resources, students work out the costs of electricity use and the effects of changes (KS3), have a go at doing their own version of the METER research (KS3), use data handling to track the rise and fall of various electricity supplies to meet demand (KS4) and investigate the role of incentives in behaviour change (KS5).
KS3 - Electric Avenue
KS3 - Energy Survey
KS4 - Supply and Demand
KS5 - Incentives
In this lesson, which is suitable for extending the more able, students compete in a game as they try and help a family make wise choices in order to save on their electricity bill by calculating energy usage and the seeing the impacts of various changes.
In this activity students carry out their own research by filling in a survey at home into their energy usage across an evening. They will then analyse the data and come up with suggestions for how they could shift their energy usage away from times of peak demand.
In this activity students consider how the UK can meet energy demands as fossil fuel power stations are phased out. They will first interpret data on electricity demand throughout the day before looking at how the output from different energy resources also changes in order to meet the changing demand of the nation. They will then consider the consequences of different actions designed to meet supply with demand as we move into a cleaner, greener future.
In this activity students consider what incentives motivate people to modify their behaviour in the context of studying how people can be persuaded to change their electricity consumption. They study the METER research project being carried out at the University of Oxford before choosing their own research question and designing a study to investigate it.