My energy efficient house rules

Year 8
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Problem / Challenge

You have purchased an old house in Devonport  and after the first winter, you have an unusually  high power bill.

Investigate ways to make your house more energy efficient.


Re-design the given plan of an old house to make it more energy efficient within the existing property boundaries.


Australian Curriculum Links


Science Understanding

  • Energy transformations and transfers (ACSSU155)

Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Contemporary issues from technology impact  on society (ACSHE135)
  • Use of science understanding in occupations  and influence on development of human  activity (ACSHE136)

Science Inquiry Skills

  • Identify questions and problems to be  investigated scientifically (ACSIS139)
  • Conduct a range of investigations (ACSIS140)
  • Measure and control variables, select and use appropriate equipment (ACSIS141)
  • Construct a range of data representations (ACSIS145)
  • Summarise data (ACSIS130)
  • Reflect on investigation and evaluate quality  of data (ACSIS146)
  • Evaluate claims based on findings from  investigation (ACSIS234)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information (ACSIS148)

Design and Technologies

Engineering principles and systems

Digital Technologies

Processes and production skills

  • Analyse and visualise data to create information  and address complex problems (ACTDIP037)
  • Define and decompose real-world problems considering functional and non-functional requirements (ACTDIP038)
  • Design and validate algorithms and programs (ACTDIP040)
  • Implement modular programs using an object oriented programming language (ACTDIP041)
  • Plan and manage projects (ACTDIP044)


Measurement and Geometry

  • Perimeters and areas of parallelograms,  trapeziums, rhombuses and kites (ACMMG196)
  • Circles – circumference, area, radius and  diameter (ACMMG197)
  • Develop formulas for volumes of rectangular  and triangular prisms (ACMMG198)
  • Number and Algebra Percentages increases and decreases (ACMNA187)

Statistics and Probability

School Overview

Reece High School is a co-educational, government secondary school with 475 students. It is located  in Devonport, an urban, regional area of north  west Tasmania.