Enhance your Junior Cycle students’ knowledge, skills and competencies with these online activities and ideas.

Junior Cycle students

Energy in Action is a collection of online activities and ideas. We designed it to support the teaching and learning of energy and sustainability in the Junior Cycle. It is suitable for students of Science, CSPE, Geography and Home Economics.

An inquiry approach to energy and sustainability

These resources have been developed for use with an inquiry approach to education. They aim to enhance students’ scientific knowledge, skills and competencies. The focus is on providing students with opportunities to consider and tackle problems that the future holds, e.g. sustainable practices in schools, homes and beyond.

A range of topics linked to our daily lives

It will develop young peoples’ knowledge across a range of topics such as, energy sources, efficiency, conservation, climate change and global warming. These concepts will then be linked to students’ daily lives.

Programme development

The programme was developed by the SEAI in collaboration with Junior Cycle teachers and CASTeL at Dublin City University.

Four themes

There are four different themes in the programme. These contain subsections with associated downloads and materials.

  • Theme A: Energy and Sustainability
  • Theme B: Heat Energy
  • Theme C: Energy Awareness
  • Theme D: Problem Solving in the Real World

Theme A: Energy and sustainability

Theme B: Heat energy

Theme C: Energy awareness

Theme D: Problem solving in the real world

D1: Retaining heat energyD2: Environmental impact of using energyD3: Cutting greenhouse gas emissionsD4: Smart packagingD5: Solar energy


Retaining heat energy overview

Energy usage by sector

Activity 1
Comparing Coffee Cups

Activity 2
Melting Ice

Worksheet B: Insulation Materials

Activity 3

Record sheet for U-values

Activity 4
Heating the Home

Activity 5
The Good Home

Environmental impact of using energy overview

Activity 1
Wind and Coal - The environmental impact

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Smart Packaging overview

Activity 1
Smart Packaging

Solar energy overview

Activity 1
Solar Energy

Teacher Workshops and Presentation

SEAI provide teacher workshops on the Energy in Action Junior Cycle resources. This presentation from the workshop includes ideas for STE(A)M boxes which are a practical way to demonstrate energy. If you are interested in a teacher workshop please contact seaiworkshops@eeu.antaisce.org.

If you have created your own STE(A)M box and want to share with others please contact emer.barry@seai.ie with the details.

SEAI School Energy Experiments

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