Energy in Today's Global Society
This unit strives to incorporate the science behind current and future energy technologies within an inquiry and application based framework. Through the use of innovative resource cards that students create themselves, students will learn that all fossil fuel-based energy provides many benefits for those that can take advantage of the power, but comes at a high environmental cost. For the final project, students will research an energy source and present it to their classmates. They will then use the information, plus all the content from class lectures and activities, to design a “Planned Community”. This community must have power supplied to it 24/7. It also must be an affordable and eco-friendly place to live, so students must account for the costs and benefits of energy production and consumption. In the end, students will have a deep understanding of not only the conceptual science of energy, but also of the technical and societal issues as well.
Students will be able to:
-Explain how heat is used to generate electricity.
-Describe the availability, current uses and environmental issues related to the use of fossil and nuclear fuels to produce electricity.
-Describe the availability, current uses and environmental issues related to the use of hydrogen fuel cells, wind and solar energy to produce electricity.
A complete list of instructions can be found in the attached document.
Peer review of energy cards and presentations
Lab reports and analysis
Final project – Energy Plans with peer review
Materials are listed on page 5 of the attached document
Source:US Department of Energy
Resource Type:Lesson Plan
Subject(s):Science, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science,
Topic:Energy Generation, Energy Use and Conservation, Renewable Energy,
Grade: 9 10 11 12
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