Transformers of Energy puts students’ knowledge of energy transformations to the test. Presented with an everyday object or activity on a Transformer Card, the players must use the Energy Selector to dial-in the correct Input and Output energies. The Prime Transformer will check the selections, and if correct, award that Transformer Card to the player. If incorrect, the next player will attempt to make the correct selections.
Students will be exposed to 20 different energy transformations during the game. All have a specific input energy, but some can have more than 1 possible output energy. Students only need to select 1 of the possible output energies, and the Prime Transformer (PT) will reveal the other possible choices after a player answers correctly. Note: Heat or Thermal energy is an output of almost all energy transformations. It is not considered a correct answer unless the heat is intentionally generated to serve a purpose.
This game is best played as a formative assessment after students have learned about energy transformations in class. The teacher should select the PT for each group, and group students by ability so one student doesn’t dominate the game. The PT may either be a student that the teacher knows has already mastered the topic and would dominate the game if he or she played, or a student that has struggled with the topic and would not likely be able to succeed if he or she played.
The game requires some preparation. Print and cut out the Energy Selector and the Transformer Cards on card stock. You may wish to use a different color for each group so lost cards can be quickly returned to the correct deck. Construct the Energy Selector by cutting out the arrows and hole punching the black dots. Use a brad fastener to attach the arrow pieces to the Energy Selector. Insure it is loose enough for the arrows pieces to freely rotate.
This game is designed to meet the Science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) 6.9C: demonstrate energy transformations such as energy in a flashlight battery changes from chemical energy to electrical energy to light energy.