The Path of Power

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At Canyon-Lister Elementary School we have be exploring how electricity is made. We use it all the time in our day to day life but don’t often think about the energy and infrastructure behind our electricity.  Mr Mitchell’s grade 6/7 and Ms. Ritter’s 4/5 class used a solar panel to turn on a fan, a power wheel to make electricity from running water and a hand operated wind mill to turn on a light!

In British Columbia and in the Columbia Basin, most of our electricity comes from hydro electric projects, so it was fascinating to explore how we could simulate this process by using a small a small pelton wheel attached to a school sink!  We also discussed some of the benefits and impacts of different types of energy generation which will lead the students into their research for the great energy debates in class!