Comic Relief with a Sciencey Twist!
The Year 10 Environmental Management class was studying renewables and non-renewable and came to the topic of different energy sources.
After having them create an Infographic to show the formation and effects of different fossil fuels (non-renewable), I decided that for the renewable energy sources, they needed to be a little bit more creative with delivering the content knowledge they had developed. Enter, the comic strip!
Students were divided into groups and each group was randomly given two different renewable energy sources to compare and contrast: hydro-electric, wind, geothermal, wave, tidal, and solar power. After been given a set of criteria and resources with what they needed to cover within their comic, it was up to them to come up with the narrative.
I was amazed at the results. They found the task daunting at first, but with a little bit of guidance, they managed to produce masterpieces. It could easily be read by primary school students to get a general idea about the different energy sources, how energy is generated from them, their social, economic, and environmental effects and how effective they are at producing energy.
Year 10, I am super proud!
You might not be able to tell, but in some of the comic frames, the students included their arguments for each energy source they were looking at, and this was a great way to improve their evaluative skills!
I try to get the students to present their content knowledge in creative ways. It builds their ability to think "outside the box".