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Classroom Blackout! Mini-Audit

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

55 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Environmental Education, Mathematics, Science
9, 10
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In this lesson, students walk into a dark classroom, where they are encouraged to take note of all the ways in which energy usually lights and powers the room. Then they take on the role of energy consultants who have been hired to conduct an energy mini-audit in the classroom. They investigate how energy is used in the classroom and estimate the impact that energy use has in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. Then they extrapolate to estimate the impact of the entire school’s energy use, making rough calculations to determine the school’s energy carbon footprint. Students brainstorm simple actions they could take to conserve energy, take a look at some suggestions via a presentation, and put together a simple plan for immediate actions they could take to conserve energy in the classroom and beyond.

Key objectives for students
Make observations and then estimate how much energy is used in the classroom.
Determine their classroom’s energy footprint in terms of carbon pollution.
Describe several strategies for conserving energy on a school campus.
Create a simple plan for reducing conventional energy consumption in the short term.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Civics and Government, Economics, Reading or Language Arts
Electricity use, power conservation, Energy efficiency, Energy audit, Climate
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Curiosity, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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