Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

Leading environmental education to empower learners for a sustainable future.

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Emailobservhill-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Watch our watts

Watch our Watts is an incursion program designed to help students investigate school energy use, the school’s carbon footprint, and the consequences of increased energy use. The program highlights ways that students can contribute to environmental management at home and at school by undertaking simple actions to reduce their impact on the environment. Students will take part in activities designed to encourage positive environmental attitudes and actions 

Key inquiry question

  • How energy efficient is our school and what can be done to improve it?

Key syllabus outcomes

  • to enhance mathematics outcomes, particularly in the content strand of working mathematically
  • to enhance Science and Technology outcomes particularly in the area of scientific investigation
  • to enhance computer literacy and technology outcomes through the use of iPads, interactive whiteboards and other mobile technologies

Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ Cross Curriculum Priority is a feature of the program.

Skills outcomes

  • working scientifically
  • working technologically
  • working mathematically

Previsit and Follow-up activities

Successful excursions have direct links to current classroom learning. Pre-visit activities carried out prior to the excursion will help students better understand their excursion content and provide connectedness and relevance to classroom learning.

Download the student pre-visit and follow up activity worksheet (DOCX 1.1MB)

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • learn about different types of energy, where they come from and their environmental consequences
  • investigate the link between increasing energy use and global warming
  • use an interactive sustainable house display to learn about ways to live more sustainably and to reduce environmental footprints
  • conduct a lighting audit to investing school lighting use
  • build a solar car to demonstrate benefits of solar energy
  • learn how to track school energy use through Webgraphs
  • conduct a science experiment to investigate the effects of insulation
  • follow up with ideas and plans to reduce school energy use.

Excursion program downloads

Download these documents to help with your excursion planning: