Course details

Sustainable Futures

Year level



1–4 hours



Max students


Course details

Sustainable Futures

INDUSTRY FOCUS AREA: New Energy, Advanced Manufacturing
VICTORIAN CURRICULUM LINKS: Science, Digital Technologies, Personal & Social Capability, Critical & Creating Thinking
TECHNOLOGY USED: Renewable energy kits – wind turbines and solar panels, Hydrogen electrolysis and fuel cells, Infra-red thermal imaging cameras, STELR sustainable housing kits, iPads

Sustainability can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A key part of a sustainable future is building more resource efficient homes. Using good design principles can save energy, water, and money while creating a more enjoyable and comfortable home. There is also worldwide pressure to reduce CO2 emissions and move towards renewable energy sources. The Victorian government has set a target of 25% renewable energy production by 2020, increasing to 40% by 2025. New industries are proposed for the Gippsland region including OSMI wind farms, solar farms, Star of the South offshore wind turbines, and the Marinus electricity link between Tasmania and Victoria.

Program Summary
Students will be introduced to a variety of different types of renewable energy. They will investigate the advantages and disadvantages of solar, wind, and hydrogen energy, conducting experiments with each energy type. Students will expand on their knowledge of energy types and energy conversions. Students will look at energy efficient building design. They will be introduced to principles of heat flow and energy conversion. They will investigate the insulation properties of various building materials and the use of different glazing treatments. They will design and build a model house.

Career Links:
Artisans:                Machinery operators, builders, electricians, carpenters
Designers:            Architects, product testers, interior designers, draftspersons
Engineers:            Civil, construction, electrical