ESC Live Project Resources

Learning Resources

We’re running an exciting project called ESC Live: Virtual, out-of-the classroom events connecting school children with engineers, where we visit energy generation facilities across the South West and transmit these visits live to selected schools in the area. You can read more about the project in our news post.

Here, you can find our resources from each episode, so you can re-watch them in your own time and access the teacher and student resources too. If you do make use of these resources please fill in the feedback forms linked below, it really helps us understand if they’re being used, how useful these are for you and how we can improve!

Episodes

Plymouth Energy from Waste Facility

As part of our pilot work for this project, we learned about how non-recyclable waste is used to generate heat and power in Plymouth, and met some inspiring engineers to learn about their careers and path into engineering. This may be best suited for GCSE (ages 14-16) students, but the level of descriptions are also suitable for year 7’s upwards.
Curriculum links: energy resources, the fire triangle, chemical (combustion) equations, converting energy from one form to another, the basics of how a steam turbine works to generate electricity.

Resources:
Event video
Teacher resource pack including: lesson plan, worksheets, MVV carbon audit
Engineering careers interview with Karen Friendship
Teacher feedback form and student feedback form. If you use these resources, we’d be so grateful for your feedback!

Creacombe Solar Farm

This was our first in-person ESC Live event at Creacombe Solar Farm in Devon, hosted live for local schools, with their questions answered throughout. We learnt about this community energy project, how solar panels work along with some current research in photovoltaics, whilst meeting engineers and site experts and learning about their career paths. This educational event was aimed at Key Stage 2/3 (ages 9-12) students.
Curriculum links: converting energy from one form to another, renewable energy, light and the electromagnetic spectrum (basic explanation), electricity and power in circuits, the Earth and Sun.

Resources:
Event highlights video for the public
Event video (full, edited recording to be used in the lesson)
Teacher resource pack including: teacher guide, lesson pre-event and event slides, quiz, worksheets
Teacher feedback form and student feedback form. If you use these resources, we’d be so grateful for your feedback!

Fullabrook Down Wind Farm

Our second in-person ESC Live event took us to Fullabrook Down Wind Farm in North Devon, where we livestreamed to Year 7s and 8s from two local secondary schools and answered their questions throughout. We learned about what wind energy is, how wind turbines work and what it takes to run a wind farm, whilst meeting engineers and site experts and learning about careers in engineering and the future of wind energy.
Curriculum links: Earth and the atmosphere, energy changes and transfers, describing motion, forces, electricity and electromagnetism.

Resources:
Event highlights video for the public
Event video (full, edited recording to be used in the lesson)
Video of the substation (to be watched alongside the event video)
Teacher resource pack including: teacher guide, lesson pre-event and event slides, worksheets and additional background information
Teacher feedback form and student feedback form. If you use these resources, we’d be so grateful for your feedback!