Curriculum connections:

Grade 7-12 Science

Grade 9-11 Social Science

Career and Technology Studies

Environment and Outdoor Education

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand energy storage applications with renewable energy including residential, distribution, and utility scale projects;
  • Investigate types of energy storage applications used in microgeneration renewable energy;
  • Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of energy storage applications in reducing GHG emissions.

Learner Competencies

This lesson focuses on the following learner competencies:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Information
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Collaboration

Energy Storage Backgrounders

Below are the energy storage resources broken down by category. All of the resources are best suited for grades 7 -12. If you have any questions feel free to contact [email protected].

Energy Storage 101

Students will learn the basics about what energy storage is and why it is important to our everyday lives.

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Chemical Energy Storage

Students will explore the different types of chemical energy storage and investigate real life examples.

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Mechanical Energy Storage

Students will explore the different types of mechanical energy storage and the role it plays in everyday lives.

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Electrical Energy Storage

Students will learn about electrical energy storage. This includes capacitors/supercapacitors and superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) technology.

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Thermal Energy Storage

Students will investigate what thermal energy storage is, and the importance in providing energy to communities.

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Learning Activities

Heat Transfer Lab

Students will investigate and explain the thermal energy storage value of materials.

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Pumped Hydro Storage Activity

Students will learn about the importance of a pumped hydro facility and design and build a model. .

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Electrostatic Effect

Students will investigate the electrostatic effect and it’s connection to Coulomb’s law.

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Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

Students will test their knowledge on endothermic and exothermic reactions.

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Energy Storage Match

Students will match the technology to the correct type of energy storage.

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Construction Plans

Build a Penny Battery or a Flywheel Model With These STEM-Based Construction Plans

Build a Penny Battery Construction Plan

Students will enhance their STEM skills by designing and building a penny battery.

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Build a FlyWheel Model Construction Plan

Students will heighten their understanding of what a flywheel is by designing and building a flywheel model.

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Take Action Activities

Exploring How to Make a Battery

Students will explore battery types for energy storage.

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Exploring Energy Storage in Your Community (Inquiry Based)

Students will explore a type of energy storage of their choosing and relate it to their community.

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Teacher Resources

Teacher Guide

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When Teachers Were Asked ‘Tell Us How You Plan to Use the New Energy Storage Resources in Your Classroom’ This is How They Responded:

  • “To give students hands on learning to develop and understand electricity and other ways to store and use power. This understanding and conservation can hopefully be applied to everyday life.”

    Grade 7 teacher, Calgary, Alberta

  • “I believe that energy storage is the key to future adoption of electricity for transportation. This may be a culminating activity for this unit.”

    Grade 7 Geography Teacher, Hamilton, Ontario

  • “Use the resources as part of the energy unit for junior science courses in grades 8-10. May also be able to adapt for use with grades 11 and 12 Physics courses.”

    Grade 8-12 science teacher, Whitehorse, YT

  • "My students can learn about electricity and energy efficient vehicles and energy storage through this program. It is directly related to their Electric Principles unit within the Science 9 curriculum."

    Grade 9 Science Teacher, Calgary, Alberta