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Harnessing Human Power

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

110 minutes
Two 55-minute class periods
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
9, 10
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In this lesson, students take what they have learned about energy and apply it to an innovation challenge. First, they explore how kinetic energy can be harnessed in unexpected ways to generate electricity. Then they review how designers from around the world have created innovative new ways to capture energy from human movement. Finally, tapping into that inspiration, they apply design-thinking skills as they work with a team to generate their own concepts for harnessing human power.

Key objectives for students
Define kinetic energy, and provide common examples of human movement.
Describe examples of tools humans have designed to capture the energy of human movement.
Work with a team to create a concept for an innovation that relies upon human power to reduce our dependence on energy resources.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education, History, Physics, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
kinetic energy, piezoelectric energy, Electricity, renewable, nonrenewable, Consumption, Conservation, Innovation, Climate
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Optimism
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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