Power for the World

Explore issues around renewable energy in the developed world.

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subjects: D&T, PSHE, Science

Resource Overview

Do you want to reinforce your pupils’ understanding of renewable energy sources, whilst developing their problem-solving and team-working skills at the same time?  Then take a look at Practical Action’s fantastic ‘Power for the World’ STEM challenge, which is a great introduction to the concept of energy inequality. Working in groups, pupils can explore issues around renewable energy in the developing world, and build their own wind turbines.  A perfect activity for a science lesson or STEM club. 
(Designed for a 60 minute or 90 minute session, but could be extended)


Resource Assets


Power for the World Primary Pack

Full set of notes and printed resources needed for teachers to deliver Power for the World to Primary pupils.


Power for the World Case Study

A case study of a micro hydro project in Kenya, describing how a local community worked together to get access to electricity


Power for the World primary PowerPoint

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Identify common appliances that run on electricity.