Science in Action Energy Workshop

Exploring Energy

Brought to you by SFU-Science in Action and PICS at SFU

This workshop will cover energy in terms of conversion, consumption and conservation.

Students from grades 4 to 8 have a hands-on opportunity to explore different ways to generate “clean” electricty using wind, sun and water as a power source. The program looks at topics such as generating electricity from renewable sources, finding out how much energy is required to light different kinds of bulbs while pedaling a bike, and learning about the effects of green house gases on the climateFor the poster click here.

Some of the questions that will be explored and demonstrated are:

  • How much water does the water turbine need to light the LED strips?
  • Make a wind turbine generate enough power to play a song
  • How hot do black and white plates get?
  • Demonstration of the greenhouse effect
  • How much energy does it take to light a 60 watt bulb?
  • How to get a fuel cell car running?
  • Energy detective at home - Explore the energy tree game

Since its launch in 2011, the educational outreach program has engaged with over 69,500 people via workshops, family science events and special presentations.  For more highlights about the workshop check the EcoHealth gallery of actions on climate change prezi presentation

The free workshop is offered every semester.   Click here to enroll your class

Shannon Jones, a SFU grad student, explaining the green house effect to Grade 8 students.

Engage with your Community!  Become a Volunteer!

SFU students are invited to participate in this workshop as volunteers.  You will help to run one of the 6 stations that are part of the program. This is a fun and unique opportunity to engage with the community!


To become a volunteer or for more information about the workshop contact Nastenka Calle at or by phone at 778-782-8834.