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Climate solutions. Soon, computers will use ALL of our electricity! (Stage 3, Stage 4)

On Demand

We all love our devices but the growing number of computers could soon use our entire energy supply…unless we change.


As part of the Powerhouses 100 Climate Conversations weekly podcast, selected innovators have presented simple positive messages to schools about what can be done to save our planet.

Each year we produce billions of computer chips. They are used in almost everything electrical and consume around 10% of the world’s entire energy production. If we continue to produce more of the same technology, they will consume ALL of our electricity within a few decades. This is clearly not sustainable.

Professor Michael Fuhrer from Monash University and his team are looking at new chip technologies that are just one atom thick making them 10 times more efficient. Is graphene the new silicon? Why are billions of chips made in just one of three factories around the world? If you love what computers do for us, you need to see what we need to do for them as we seek climate solutions.

This is an edited recording of an interview on Friday 28 October 2022 from the Powerhouse.



Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 31-Dec-2027 05:00PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


30 Minutes


Primary, Secondary

Syllabus Outcomes

ST3-1WS-S, ST3-4LW-S, SC4-4WS, SC4-7WS, ST3-7MW-T, SC4-11PW

Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Science and Tech » Working Scientifically and Design and Production » Digital Technologies

Other KLAs

Science and Tech » Information Processes and Technology

Science and Tech » Industrial Technology

Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

Participants will learn to:

  1. Identify various pathways into STEM careers
  2. Understand that failure is part of learning
  3. Accept, though question that climate change is supported by evidence
  4. Explore solutions that are diverse and achievable
  5. Ask questions and express their voice through protest in the search for truth.

Success can be measured by the ability of the learners to:

  1. Explain the key points raised in the program
  2. Identify at least one variable described in the presentation
  3. Generate expansive questions
  4. Suggest ways to continue investigations
  5. Discuss limitations of the key ideas
  6. Propose a career path for their own journey with STEM

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Technology and Materials Requirements

This webinar was recorded live on 28 October 2022. After you book your place, a link to the recording will be sent to the email you have registered with.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Bookings team

Phone: 61 2 9217 0222

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.powerhouse.com.au

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