Energy

100 minutes
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5 / 6
Civics and Government, Science

In this lesson, students learn that nuclear energy is powerful enough to send a robot on a scientific mission millions of kilometers (miles) away and to supply large amounts of electricity on Earth with minimal impacts on natural resources. They also learn that harnessing the power of the atom has consequences—some very serious and long-term consequences. Rather than telling students what to think about the issue, the lesson encourages students to research the topic and then debate their peers. The lesson concludes with a discussion designed to help students synthesize their thoughts on the topic.

50 minutes
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6
Science

This lesson begins with students learning about natural resources that humans either dig (such as coal) or pump (such oil or natural gas) from the Earth’s crust. Students discuss why these resources are so valuable to us and why we tolerate the many adverse side effects of extracting and using them. They then discuss how renewable energy sources are being used as alternatives in many areas around the world. Next, students simulate a mining experience by digging into a chocolate chip cookie. The experience leads to a rich discussion about safety, fines, rewards, and reclamation.

What is sustainability?
In what ways do water, electricity, and natural gas shape my life and my community?
10 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

NEED

30 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

At the end of Module One, students accurately input their first meter reading into the STEMhero software and create a plan for collecting at least three more readings to establish a baseline of their actual water and/or energy consumption.

5 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

NEED

What is energy, and why is it important to us?
How does our school compare to other schools around the world in terms of energy conservation?
What can a carbon footprint tell me about the impact my actions have on the environment?