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Comparing to Evaluate Your Consumption

Authored by STEMhero

90 minutes
Two 45 minute class periods (includes time for students to write their narrative)
Primary subjects: 
Mathematics, Science, Technology
Grade: 
6, 7, 8
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Students will integrate qualitative and quantitative observations into a written narrative of water/energy consumption at their home and/or school.

Data begins to tell us stories when it is put in context and when we begin to compare data against other variables. Students will interpret their home’s utility consumption by modeling it against relevant independent variables. Students will organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information about their home’s utility consumption by modeling it against relevant independent variables. ​Students will identify patterns to better understand how efficiently their home or school already operates. Optional variables to be investigated include: number of occupants, day of the week, time of day, age of the building, outside temperature, and typical use in the region.

Key objectives for students
Students will interpret their home’s utility consumption by modeling it against relevant independent variables.
Students will organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information about their home’s utility consumption by modeling it against relevant independent variables.
Students will identify patterns to better understand how efficiently their home or school already operates.
Secondary subjects
English Language Arts, Writing
Topics
Energy consumption, scientific method, Energy Investigation
Skills
Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership
Methods
Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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