How much energy do YOU use? (Lesson 3)

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Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Power
Energy
electricity
Watt
Kilowatt
Kilowatt-hour
energy consumption
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to:
• Explain the difference between power and energy
• Proficiently use a “Kill-A-Watt” meter to determine the power and total energy usage
of everyday devices
• Compare the total energy used by common household devices
• Brainstorm different ways we can conserve electrical energy

Students will learn the difference between energy and power. They will then use this new understanding to compare the energy and power difference of light bulbs (incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and LED)

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Introduction to Circuits (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
series circuit
parallel circuit
load
anode
cathode
electrons
electrical energy
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):

By the end of these two lessons students should be able to:
1. Create a simple circuit on their own when given the appropriate materials.
2. Diagram the flow of electrons within a circuit.
3. Differentiate between series and parallel circuits.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.4

This lesson begins with students having hands-on experiences creating electrical circuits using a battery, wires, and a light bulb. Students will learn that electricity is the flow of electrons, and how

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Introduction to Energy (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
electrical
chemical
nuclear
mechanical
magnetic
sound
kinetic
potential
motion
gravity
wavelengths of light
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will be able to name and describe at least 5 kinds of energy
• Students will be able to identify and explain simple energy transformations

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.4

This lesson will introduce students to each of the different types of energy using PowerPoint slides, partner activities, and hands-on experiences with different kinds of energy including: batteries (chemical

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Shaw Island Community Solar

Location:
Shaw Island, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.70 - kilowatts

The San Juan Islands Conservation District is partnered with Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to install solar electric systems at the public schools on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw Islands in 2015. This exciting community solar project will deliver renewable energy to our public schools, reducing their electricity bills, and provide renewable energy education for our students. Participants receive a payback through production incentives. Shaw Island School is generating renewable solar energy through the community solar... Read full project narrative >>

Chevrolet - Putnam Chevrolet Dealership

Location:
Burlingame, CA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
10.70 - kilowatts

As part of its Clean Energy and Carbon Reduction Initiative, in 2014 Chevrolet committed to provide Solar 4R Schools renewable energy education resources to teachers in select communities served by local Chevrolet dealerships with installed solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) canopy charging stations.

Putnam Chevrolet of Burlingame CA, has a 10.7 kW solar EV charging station on-site (see live performance data here) and through Chevrolet’s support, has provided Solar 4R Schools STEM education training and classroom... Read full project narrative >>

Chevrolet - American Chevrolet Dealership

Location:
Modesto, CA
Grade Level:
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
10.60 - kilowatts

As part of its Clean Energy and Carbon Reduction Initiative, in 2014 Chevrolet committed to provide Solar 4R Schools renewable energy education resources to teachers in select communities served by local Chevrolet dealerships with installed solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) canopy charging stations.

American Chevrolet of Modesto CA, has a 10.6 kW solar EV charging station on-site (see live performance data here and through Chevrolet’s support, provided two Solar 4R Schools workshops that... Read full project narrative >>

Chevrolet - Dublin Chevrolet Dealership

Location:
Dublin, CA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
21.10 - kilowatts

As part of its Clean Energy and Carbon Reduction Initiative, in 2014 Chevrolet committed to provide Solar 4R Schools renewable energy education resources to teachers in select communities served by local Chevrolet dealerships with installed solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) canopy charging stations.

Dublin Chevrolet of Dublin CA, has a 21.1 kW solar EV charging station on-site (see live performance data here). In association with this project, Chevrolet is supporting Solar 4R Schools STEM education training and... Read full project narrative >>

Cascades Academy

Location:
Bend, OR
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
PV System Size:
24.64 - kilowatts

Cascades Academy is an engaged, vibrant community that weaves challenging academics with experiential learning to inspire socially-responsible individuals ready for a diverse and changing world. This 24.6 kW solar photovolatic system was installed in 2016 thanks to Cascades Academy’s commitment to sustainability.

Electricity generated will reduce the school’s energy costs and improve the environment. The PV system was accompanied by STEM professional development opportunities for teachers through BEF’s Solar 4R Schools program, along with science education kits, classroom... Read full project narrative >>

Peninsula Light Community Solar

Location:
Gig Harbor, WA
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
60.00 - kilowatts

The Harbor Community Solar project is now generating electricity (click HERE to track the electric generation), and hundreds of our members are participating in the renewable-energy field. The 60-kilowatt photovoltaic system was built on the roof of the Harbor History Museum and energized on November 6, 2015. As the solar panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity, the museum will use the... Read full project narrative >>

Community School

Location:
Sun Valley, ID
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
15.39 - kilowatts

In 2016, Community School was selected by Idaho Power to become the next Renewable School in Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) Solar 4R Schools program. Thanks to generous support and funding from the utility’s Green Power Program participants and project match provided by Community School, the school installed a 15 kW PV system on the school which is estimated to cover seven to eight percent of the campus’ electric use. Educators at the school also received a customized renewable energy teacher training from Solar 4R Schools in Fall 2015, complete with hands-on science kit... Read full project narrative >>

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