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In this lesson, students look at fluctuations in electricity sources by analysing large data sets.

The Lesson

The lesson is introduced with the video of Faye Banks. Faye Banks is the north-east electrical transmission and asset manager for National Grid. Since growing up in care and returning to education to retake her GCSEs while working at a packing plant, she has become Young Women Engineer of the Year 2004 and the youngest-ever fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Her role is to ensure the reliable transmission of electrical energy and a safe working environment at Substations to guarantee resources are effectively utilised.

What is Provided

A student sheet is provided, containing data downloaded from MyGridGB – Charting GB Energy.

This site provides current data on sources of electrical power and the site campaigns for reducing carbon emissions.

There is a also an additional set of hand-picked resources to go with the resource, linked to the GCSE topic of electricity generation and energy sources, to help incorporate this resource into your scheme of work.

Curriculum links

Curriculum links include data analysis, electricity, national grid, power transfer, energy transfer, alternative energy sources, energy conservation, dissipation, global energy resources, renewable and non-renewable energy resources, power stations, carbon emissions.

SUBJECT(S) Careers, Engineering, Science, Physics
AGE 14-16

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These teaching parts were developed in partnership with STEM Learning.

STEM Learning Ltd operates the National STEM Learning Centre and Network; providing support locally, through Science Learning Partnerships across England, and partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; alongside a range of other projects supporting STEM education.