New Zealand Curriculum aligned activities and resources for Years 1–12

Lesson plans with an energy related focus including wind, solar, hydro, and electrical.

Free downloadable resources

Below you’ll find lesson overviews for each resource. Download the PDF for the full lesson plan, accompanying slide presentations and learner activities.

Tuatara in sunlight
  • 25 Jun 2023

Tuatara and the sun

Learn about tuatara and why the Sun is so important to them.

Picture of sun against black background
  • 25 Jun 2023

Our amazing sun

Investigate the Sun’s heat and light energy and how it influences people on Earth.

Hydro dam with mountain backdrop and cloudy sky
  • 25 Jun 2023

Hydro turbine

Make a water turbine and explore a range of concepts such as force, motion, renewable energy, electricity.

Wind turbines in a field against a mountain backdrop with sunny sky
  • 25 Jun 2023

Wind energy and turbines

Find out about power generated by the wind, what a wind turbine is and how it works.

rocketship graphic
  • 9 Oct 2023

Rocket Power

Discover the science behind the rocket power in this hands-on learning experience.

water vortex
  • 8 Oct 2023

Vortex in a bottle

Have you ever seen a vortex? Discover the whirling power of circular motion and vortexes in this lesson

ETNZ team at Arahoe School
  • 3 Aug 2023

Harnessing the power of the wind

Genesis and Emirates Team New Zealand worked together in partnership to create STEM resources for NZ schools

ETNZ boat on water
  • 3 Aug 2023

Measuring wind power

Genesis and Emirates Team New Zealand worked together in partnership to create STEM resources for NZ schools.

Man and child wearing hard hats touching solar panels in solar farm
  • 25 Jun 2023

Discovering solar PV technology

This resource guides students to investigate photovoltaic technology.

solar panels in New Zealand
  • 25 Jun 2023

Renewable electricity from solar photovoltaic cells

Discover solar PV technology with this fact sheet.

Grass in the shape of a footprint with CO2 cut out of shape
  • 25 Jun 2023

What's my carbon footprint?

This learning resource guides students to investigate and calculate their own carbon footprint.

Posters and guides

Poster showing how the sun's amazing energy works
  • 25 Jun 2023

The sun's amazing energy - levels 1-2

See how the sun impacts energy.

Poster showing how solar power works
  • 25 Jun 2023

Solar power - levels 3-4

Solar power is power produced from the energy of the sun.

Poser demonstrating how solar energy works
  • 25 Jun 2023

Solar energy for all your energy needs - level 5

Solar energy is created by nuclear reactions deep inside the sun's core.

Poster showing the science of how solar energy works
  • 25 Jun 2023

The science of solar energy - levels 6-8

Learn how photovoltaic cells transform sunlight into renewable electricity.

Teacher demonstrating water wheel to student at sink.

Maker projects

Hands-on learning through making and doing.

Student reading School-gen e-books page on laptop


E-books with energy-related themes to support literacy skills.

Crunch time online game character line up

Online games

Fun learning opportunities for students to learn through gamification.