In B.C. most electricity is generated from water and then travels to our houses, schools and buildings.
Show your students a short video about how the power of falling water generates electricity. The energy of the water, through a series of transformations and technologies, provides clean, renewable power to homes, schools and businesses across B.C.
Hydroelectricity generation begins with the collection of water in a reservoir created by a dam. When released, the water channels through large pipes, called penstocks. The fast-moving water pushes blades inside turbines, which makes the turbines spin.
The spinning turbines cause the generators to turn.
Inside the generators, the magnets spin past coils of copper wire, causing electrons to move. This is electromagnetism, and it is central to how the mechanical energy of the falling water is converted to electrical energy.
Observe students and assess their ability to:
Create a magnetic field with electrical circuits.
A fun activity booklet follows the journey of electricity from a dam to our homes.
Get a new perspective on power at the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre.
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