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History of Hydroelectricity in Quebec

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Cité de l'Énergie, Shawinigan, Quebec

Course material required
- Computer with Internet access
- Word processing software (e.g., Word, OpenOffice, etc.)
- Large white sheet of paper (11''X 17'')
- Coloured pencils
- Creativity!
Presentation of the Project
Electricity is simply a word that refers to an abundant source of energy accessible to everyone. What do we really know about electricity?  Who contributed to its development and use on a large scale? How is it produced and sent to our homes? Can electricity be produced in different ways?  These are questions to which the students will find answers.  
Project Instructions
In the course of this project, you are going to produce a cartoon strip featuring people involved in the history of electricity in the world and the history of hydroelectricity in Quebec. The comic strip must have at least eight drawings with dialogue printed in balloons or drawings illustrating one aspect of the history of hydroelectricity in Quebec.

However, to prepare your comic strip, you will first have to gather information to learn more about the subject. This is what this lesson is about! To gather information, you need only follow the steps and enter the information in a text document. For each question asked, enter the question number.

You will be evaluated on the pertinence of the information integrated into your comic strip and your approach to your information collection.
Project Instructions (2)

Before preparing your comic strip, you must gather information from the three following websites:


I invite you to read about the following collection of learning tools to get a good idea of what the history of hydroelectricity is all about. After you finish reading, answer the following questions. Once you have answered the questions, you will be ready to create your comic strip. Your teacher will explain how to prepare your comic strip.

The collection of learning tools has six sections. Read the sections and answer their related questions. Simply click the link to gain access to the information.
Electricity and electromagnetism
Question 1
What did Michael Faraday do?

Question 2
How do the lines of a magnetic field travel?
Historic context and great inventors
Question 3
When were the first observations of electricity made?

Question 4
In what country was a mineral discovered that is a natural magnet?

Question 5
Who compared the Earth to a giant magnet?

Question 6
What did Benjamin Franklin discover?

Question 7
Who invented the incandescent light bulb?

Question 8
Who developed the first electric motor and in what year?

Question 9
What is the purpose of a switchyard?
The components of a hydroelectric generating station
Question 10
Identify the different components of a hydroelectric generating station.
Energy conversion
Question 11
What is a volt?

Question 12
What is an ampere?

Question 13
What is a watt?

Question 14
What percentage of total electrical consumption does heating in the house account for?
Preparing your comic strip (CS)
You now have enough information to prepare your CS.

You have surely learned many new things. Now we invite you to choose the subject of your comic strip and submit it to your teacher for approval. Then you can write your comic strip content and again submit it to your teacher for approval. Once the text content is approved, you can prepare your comic strip.

When you comic strip is completed, hand it in to your teacher.

Don’t forget to save and print out your work!

To help you:
An images search engine from the Virtual Museum of Canada.

An images search engine

Have fun!

Learning Objectives

In all six modules, the objectives are related to skill levels of science, technology and history adapted to Cycle One in the public school system.

Skill levels include:

Finding answers and solutions to scientific and technological problems;
Building on personal scientific and technological knowledge;
Communicating in language used in science and technology.

Questioning social realities from a historical perspective;
Interpreting social realities using the historical method;
Building citizenship awareness through history.

Learning about the world of technology heightens student awareness of technology as an integral part of the world around us. The study of engineering concepts serves to provide the student with tools to design and create a technical prototype. By studying mechanisms from the standpoint of forces, movement and the transformation of energy, the student will understand how certain technology systems work.