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101 Fundamentals: Energy

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

100 minutes
Two 50-minute class periods
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
9, 10
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In this lesson, students explore the topic of energy via two presentations. The first presentation provides an overview of the primary types of traditional and alternative energy resources we currently use. In it, students delve into how each type of energy resource is extracted and processed, as well as the pros and cons of using it. In the second presentation, students consider some of the pressing energy challenges we face today and think critically about what is being done—and what each of us can do personally—to address those challenges.

Key objectives for students
Define energy, and describe why it is important to us.
Describe where we get the majority of our energy resources.
Describe how fossil fuels are generated and the pros and cons of these technologies.
Describe how nuclear power is generated and the pros and cons of this technology.
Describe alternative ways we harness energy, and the pros and cons of those technologies.
Examine current energy challenges and their potential long-term effects.
Identify and describe ways to address energy challenges locally and globally.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Civics and Government, Economics, Environmental Education, Geography, History, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
Energy, resource, fossil fuels, hydropower, nuclear energy, solar energy, wind energy, Biomass, geothermal, Renewable energy, Alternative energy, power plant, generator, turbine, transmission, Drilling rig, derrick, pumpjack, refinery, uranium, pollution, Waste, radioactive, trilemma, Energy security, Energy equity, Environmental sustainability, global climate change, global warming, Energy efficiency, Climate
Skills
Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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