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The Energy Module (6-8)

6, 7, 8
Essential questions
How can we make an impact on electrical consumption?
What is a renewable resource? What is a nonrenewable resource?
How do we convert light energy from our sun into electrical energy?
How can we increase our solar energy use - and better integrate it into our smart grid?
  • Power Up (kickoff): Students will discuss the value of electrical energy in their everyday lives. Using a power plant diagram and web-based sources, students will analyze steps to the electrical generation process and research information on renewable (alternative) energy sources.
  • Lesson 1 Energy Vampire Hunt: Students will plan and investigate energy vampires using an Energy Monitor to measure the energy consumption of different electrical devices. Students will collect and chart the data from their investigation and calculate how much money could be saved by unplugging energy vampires.
  • Lesson 2 Under the Sun: Students will use solar panels, fans, light bulbs, and buzzers to create circuits. Students will analyze their communities use of solar and make suggestions for added solar energy usage
  • Lesson 3 Solar Master Planning: Students utilize design tools (e.g., online drafting tools) to assess their campus’s capacity and need for solar energy. Students will design a solar master plan to present to their district’s energy management team. For schools that already have solar photovoltaic energy, students can create a master plan for another building or campus in their community.
  • Community and Career Connections: Students will utilize localized climate data and news from their communities to learn more about what’s going on in their own backyard. Students will have access to various resources to understand the environmental justice history of their area and start to plan their Student Action Project.

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