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Classroom Presentation: Hydropower

Hydropower: Energy & Systems image

Grades 6* - 8

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Explore hydropower, energy, and systems with a FREE program from Snohomish County PUD! Your students will learn about the different forms of energy and study the transfer and transformation of energy against the backdrop of a prominent power generation system in the Northwest: hydropower. 

Students will conduct a test using a model hydropower system and use an inquiry activity to analyze the inputs and outputs of a system, the forms of energy used in the system, and the effects of missing pieces on the system. The program will end with a thoughtful student reflection on his or her own impact on the hydropower system. 

This workshop is designed for one class at a time and requires 50 minutes. Workshop also requires a stationary presenting space (i.e., one teacher's classroom for three or more periods). Snohomish County and Camano Island schools may request to schedule three to five workshops in one school day.

Workshop learning objectives:

  • Students will understand what hydropower is and how it works.
  • Students will define and identify types of force.
  • Students will define and identify forms of energy.
  • Students will explain how energy is transferred and transformed within a system.

To view the Science Standards that this workshop targets, click on the link in Related Documents (right).

*Workshop is most successful on a secondary school period schedule and was not designed for an elementary classroom. If you are a sixth grade teacher at an elementary school, please call or email to discuss if scheduling this program at your school is appropriate.

Space is limited, so book today!
(see contact info to the right)

“The information was clear and appropriately challenging. They (students) loved the hands on components of the presentations.”

-- 8th grade teacher