Electricity Incursion (Levels 5/6)

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Electricity Incursion (Levels 5/6)

Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 5/6
Students will investigate energy transformation and transference using electrical circuits.
Understand how electricity is generated and which methods are most sustainable.*


  • Discuss prior knowledge of energy/electricity;
  • Predict and test basic circuits;
  • All students become part of a human circuit recognising the importance of a switch;
  • Predict and test materials as conductors or insulators of electricity;
  • Discuss the scientists involved in the evolution of the light bulb as an invention;
  • Make a light globe and observe the glowing filament;
  • Explore the differences between light globes and LEDs;
  • Use electromagnets;
  • Examine broken and working motors and follow the energy transformations taking place;
  • Discuss whether an energy source used to make electricity is sustainable;
  • Observe a solar panel working.

* This lesson has a strong focus on electrical circuits.
See “Energy” lesson in STEM for a focus on energy transformation and design.

Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081);
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073);
  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082);
  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation types to answer questions or solve problems and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risks (VCSIS083);
  • Decide which variables should be changed, measured and controlled in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data (VCSIS084);
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data (VCSIS085);
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSIS086);
  • Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem (VCSIS087);
  • Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships (VCSIS088).

Incursion Pricing



Up to 30 students


90-minute workshops


A minimum booking of 2 x 90-minute workshops is required


Outer regions incur time and travel costs

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“Engaging presenter who interacted positively with all students.”

St. Joachim’s

“The children loved the hands on element, trying different materials and exploring the electrical circuits.”

Gilson College Mernda