KS4-5: Finding new renewable energy sources with theoretical chemistry

Suitable for 15-18-year olds (secondary and high schools, and college), this article and accompanying activity sheet can be used in the classroom, in science/computer clubs and at home.

This resource links to KS4 and KS5 Chemistry: chemical and allied industries, energy changes in chemistry, structure, bonding and the properties of matter; Computing and Maths. It is also internationally relevant.

It can be used as a careers resource and links to Gatsby Benchmarks:
Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information
Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

The article includes an explanation of fuel cells and why they are a potential renewable energy source, an interview with theoretical chemist Dr Mark Tuckerman and an overview of theoretical chemistry i.e. what is it and how does it compare to synthetic chemistry?

The activity sheet includes discussion points - seven questions the students can answer in groups or individually. There are also links to free lessons in computer programming, and instructions on how to make a potato clock.

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