Join the investigation!

With Inspector 00Watt and his toolkit full of scientific investigations, games and experiments, show your students how they can become energy efficiency ambassadors.

Spread over five weeks, this project helps students learn how hydroelectricity is generated, grasp the amount of energy we consume and discover how to avoid wasting resources.

Aimed at grades 5 and 6, the 00Watt Toolkit is takes a playful, interactive approach to learning and meets the requirements of the Québec Education Program.

Objectives

Objectifs

  • Raise awareness of saving energy and the importance of responsible power consumption.
  • Learn about the technology used in producing, transmitting and distributing electricity.
  • Understand how energy can be wasted in the home and develop everyday habits for saving energy.

Kit contents

  • Carrying case
  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Student workbooks (one for the teacher and one per student)
  • USB key
  • DVD
  • Materials provided
    • Pitcher, turbine and timer
    • Light bulbs, electric wires and batteries
    • Costumes
    • Energy- and water-saving products
    • And more!

Target audience

Elementary Cycle 3 (ages 10 to 12)

Duration

Some 15 hours in total, or approximately three hours per week for five weeks (classroom and at-home activities). For more information, see the suggested timetable [PDF 28 KB].

Cost

Free!

See what’s in the toolkit

00Watt Classroom Toolkit

One light and easy-to-handle case containing all the material needed for 26 activities. The Teacher’s Guideand an Activity Book for each student are included.

Inspector 00Watt and Terawattus energivorus

Costumes for the three role-playing exercises.

Experiment demonstrating the driving force of water

By creating different drop heights, youngsters discover the phenomenon of water?s driving force, then study how a hydroelectric generating station works.

An Adventure Right down the Line! digital game

Terawattus contaminated the electrical system and there is no power! Students will discover the different elements that make up a hydroelectric system and place them in order from generation to consumption. Finally, they must answer the Who am I? questions to reactivate the system.

Energy consumption investigation

Youngsters investigate their own energy consumption (and their family's) in various everyday situations. Thermometers in hand, they gather information for analysis.

Wattmeter experiment

Students measure and compare the energy consumption of various electrical appliances and become familiar with the notion of energy-wise vs. power-hungry appliances.

Game: Mystery objects

Youngsters learn about a variety of energy-saving products by playing an electronic memory game.

Electricity quiz

Students create a quiz as an introduction to electrical connections. The theme is the environmental consequences of using batteries.

The ENERGY-WISE Squad digital game

Students are in a control centre to find out where energy is wasted in five rooms of a home. They must also find the energy-saving actions contaminated by Terawattus Energivorus.

We thank Mrs. Sylvie Rhéaume, from Collège Sainte-Marcelline, and Mr. Nicolas St-Cyr, from École Saint-Ambroise, as well as their students from the sixth grade for participating in the photo shoots.

Links

Subject-specific competency Progression of learning

English

Read a variety of texts

  • Integrates new information with what is already known to construct meaning
  • Constructs a personal response to the text [i.e. constructs meaning]

Science and Technology

Material World (Energy and Systems and interaction)

  • Identifies sources of energy in his/her environment
  • Identifies the components of a simple electric circuit
  • Describes situations in which human beings consume energy
  • Names means used by human beings to limit their energy consumption
  • Identifies the main function of some complex machines
  • Recognizes the influence and the impact of electric appliances on people’s way of life and surroundings

Science and Technology

Living Things (Systems and interaction)

  • Describes the impact of human activity on the environment

Mathematics

Arithmetic and Measurement

  • Approximates the result
  • Develops processes for written computation
  • Establishes relationships between units of measure

Geography, History and Citizenship Education

Knowledge related to the organization of a society in its territory

  • Indicates assets and limitations related to bodies of water

Researching and working with information in geography and history

  • Learns about a problem
  • Asks questions
  • Gathers and processes information
  • Organizes information
  • Communicates the results of research
Broad area of learning Focus of development

Environmental awareness/consumer rights and responsibilities

Encourage students to create an active relationship with their surroundings while maintaining a critical stance regarding natural resource use, technological development and consumer goods.

  • Environmental awareness
    Building a livable environment from a sustainability perspective

Like to know more about the topic? Our website is packed with relevant, accessible information about energy. Here are just a couple of suggestions!

Want to be ready for when your kit arrives? Discover the toolkit’s downloadable materials and digital games.

Appendix

Comic strips

Contenus audiovisuels

Documents

Student assessment tool

Digital games

For an optimal gaming experience, use recent versions of browsers such as Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. Avoid using the Chrome browser as it no longer supports games developed in HTML. Copy and paste one of the game URLs below into your browser.

The 00Watt Toolkit can be lent out to Elementary Cycle 3 teachers at Québec schools for a five-week period. Reservations are managed for Hydro-Québec by Réseau Technoscience, which has branches across Québec. A limited number of kits are available from each branch. To reserve a kit, please contact the branch nearest you.

Head office

Réseau Technoscience
Phone: 514 252-3027
Email: info@technoscience.ca
Website: technoscience.ca

Regional branches

Technoscience Est-du-Québec
Phone: 418 723-1986, extension 1145
Email: coordo.exposciences@technoscience-eq.ca

Technoscience Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec
Phone: 819 376-5077
Sans frais : 1 877 371-0970
Email: mchartier@technoscience-mcq.ca

Technoscience Outaouais
Phone: 819 770-5252
Email: trousses@technoscienceoutaouais.ca

Technoscience Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
Phone: 418 668-4792, extension 601
Email: mnadeau@technoscience-saglac.ca

Technoscience Estrie
Phone: 819 565-5062
Email: promo-carrieres@technoscienceestrie.ca

Technoscience Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Phone: 819 797-1631, extension 101
Sans frais : 1 866 331-1631
Email: info@clsat.qc.ca

Boîte à science – Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches
Phone: 418 658-1426, extension 223
Email: vincentbilodeau@boiteascience.com

Technoscience Région métropolitaine
Phone: 514 252-3027, extension 3910
Email: animation@technoscience.ca

Technoscience Côte-Nord
Phone: 418 962-0959
Sans frais : 1 877 962-0959
Email: coordo@clsnc.net

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