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Two children meet Curious Cat, an animated cat who asks them if they would like to find out how electricity is generated. The children learn that different power stations use different types of fuel including coal, oil, and even rubbish. All of these fuels are burned to make energy. They also learn that we can use the energy from the sun, wind and flowing water to make electricity. The children visit a gas fuelled power station where an expert shows them the process of generating electricity. They see the natural gas coming into the power station through large pipes, before being burned to heat water and produce steam. The children visit the steam turbine room and the expert uses a gas cylinder, kettle and a turbine made of spoons to generate electricity which then lights up a miniature house and street light. There is also a demonstration of how electricity is generated by using a magnet inside a coil of wire and a small bulb.
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First broadcast:
14 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used as an introduction to electricity, provoking a class discussion about different forms of power and its sustainability, which pupils could then undertake as a research project. Pupils could write a non-fiction report on how electricity is made, using the clip as a reference point.