Energy nation


The E.ON Energy Experience is a major new programme to help young people learn about energy. Whether they are starting out or finishing their schooling, energy will be a dominant theme in their lives. They are part of a generation that will have to make key decisions, individually and collectively, which will affect them and the rest of the world. The E.ON Energy Experience has the ambition of helping to create an energy literate generation giving them the information they need to make informed choices.


The Energy Nation section of the programme, aimed at students aged 11–14, supports the science and geography curricula for England, Wales and Scotland.

This programme can also help you to teach certain citizenship requirements and students with ICT or communication key skills requirements will also find the challenges useful. For more details on how the programme links in with your curriculum, see the curriculum links for England, Scotland and Wales.

Energy Nation consists of a set of online activities, plus a classroom pack containing 19 information cards and six activity cards which you can photocopy. These are available to download below.

The E.ON Energy Experience materials are designed to be used flexibly, so the print materials can be used to support the online activities, or independently.

Energy Nation lets students explore the question “can the UK go renewable?” by placing them in the shoes of the following decision makers. Click on the links below to find out more.

These sections can be explored in the online challenges and the print resources listed below. You can download all of the information cards as one PDF by clicking on ‘Information cards’ or you can download individual cards by clicking on their names. You can download the activity cards in the same way.

Information cards 1.87Mb

  1. Traditional coal
  2. Oil
  3. Gas
  4. Nuclear energy
  5. Hydroelectric energy
  6. Wind energy
  7. Solar energy
  8. Biomass
  9. Hydrogen fuel cells
  10. Geothermal energy
  11. Ground source energy
  12. Wave energy
  13. Tidal energy
  14. Generating electricity
  15. Distributing electricity
  16. Electricity in the home
  17. Climate change and the environment
  18. Safety first!
  19. Safe as houses

Activity cards 3.33Mb

  1. The energy company: Electricity trading
  2. The carbon tsar: Home energy audit
  3. The power generator: The Westmarket report
  4. The Government: Three points of view
  5. The environmental scientist: Feeling the heat?
  6. The homeowner: Energy efficient house

You will need Adobe Acrobat to view the PDFs. If you do not already have this installed on your machine, you will need to download Adobe Reader.

These notes outline how the online challenges and activity cards can be used and include objectives and suggestions where students working at a lower level may need extra help.

Estimated time guidelines have been included to help you plan your lessons, but please note that these timings may vary depending on the level at which your students are working.

Self-assessment rubrics have been provided so students can assess their progress on each topic.