Energy is the ability to do work or make change. Energy is invisible. However, you can tell when energy is there. One way to tell is if something is moving. A person walking down the street, a tree blowing in the wind, and the hands of a clock spinning are all signs of energy. Another giveaway is if you see a light or hear a sound. As a result of energy, a TV turns on, a doorbell rings, and a cat meows. Yet another way to tell is if heat is being produced. Warmth from a candle or a fire is a sure sign that energy is present. Whenever you detect motion, heat, light, or sound, you can be sure that energy is at work. All energy can be considered to be either potential or kinetic. Potential energy is stored energy. A tractor filled with fuel, snow at the top of a hill, a student sitting at a desk, and water behind a dam are all examples of potential energy. Kinetic energy is energy possessed by a moving object. A tractor moving, snow tumbling down a hill, students moving, and water flowing through a dam are all examples of kinetic energy.
There is so much to learn! In this class, we will learn basics about different types of energy including electricity, thermal energy, nuclear energy, gravitational energy, solar power, and more!
- Minimum recommended age: 6
- Instructor: Ms Makayla Clement
- Tuesdays, 3-4 PM ET
- 5 classes
- March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5