6th Grade Energy Sources Project

Scroll down for more helpful hints for your project!

You can read the assignment, find web links to help you, and read some suggestions.

Go to these websites to research your energy source:

Here's some new websites to go to:
Energy Kids

Kids & Energy
On Kids & Energy, click on the "Energy Basics" and "New Energy" tabs.

Energy Quest http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/
On the Energy Quest website, click on the "Energy Story" tab at the top!

Energy Resources http://www.darvill.clara.net/altenerg/
Infinite Power http://www.infinitepower.org/

The Project:

You've been hired by the City of Austin to research and report to the Energy Committee about an energy source assigned to you.

You're assignment:
  • A 5 paragraph paper, 1 to 2 pages long, describing your assigned energy source, its advantages and disadvantages, and your recommendations for Austin.
  • A visual poster that illustrates your energy source and your paper.
Your project must:
  • Describe your energy source.
  • Explain how your energy source will generate electricity.
  • Explain advantages.
  • Explain disadvantages.
  • Tell why your energy source would be good for Austin.


Explain how your energy source generates electricity:
  • Look at the notes on p. 78-79 in your journal! You have drawings of power plants.
  • Remember most power plants work by heating water to make steam that turns the turbines that turn the generator to make electricity.
  • Most energy sources are just ways to make heat to heat up the water!
Tell why your energy source would be good for Austin:
  • Focus on and think about the ADVANTAGES of your energy source!

Find out more about Austin's Energy Sources!