Fuel Inquiry Poster

Fuels and PV Cells

Grades:
7-8
Learning Goal(s):
Students explore the conservation of mass in chemical reactions by observing and modeling combustion reactions and exploring the essential question/phenomena, “is all fire the same?” Students will use information resources and a 3D model of a PV cell to understand how solar modules generate electricity. “How do PV cells make electricity?”Students will construct circuits to explore PV modules and variables involved in powering devices. Students evaluate, revise, and justify the energy resources suggested on an emergency preparedness supply list. 
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Solar Charger Diagram

Background Research on Alternative Transportation Vehicles

Grades:
10-12
Learning Goal(s):
1. Students will define BEVs, HEVs, HFCVs, and HICEVs 2. Students will compare the above vehicles and relate the pros and cons of each technology 3. Students will begin to evaluate which type of technology might be best suited for the goal of replacing fossil fuels in the transportation sector 4. Students will begin to brainstorm ideas for how solar energy might be used to enhance these technologies
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Lesson Number:
2
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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Kill-a-Watt Meter

Home Energy Use

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will make observations and record about the amount of energy used by various appliances in their home. Students will make conclusions about which items in their home are generating the most energy. Students will make conclusions about methods in which they can reduce the energy used in their homes.
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Lesson Number:
6
Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Sun

Solar Energy Basics

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to describe the basic principles of solar power and list advantages and disadvantages of using solar power. Students will be able to distinguish between passive solar and photovoltaic solar power. Students will be able to determine what data from a solar array represents. Students will be able to determine the cause of energy generation trends when observed over longer periods of time.
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Lesson Number:
5
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Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Checklist

Home Energy Survey

Grades:
4-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to describe the basic principles of various forms of energy and write a detailed description of one of those forms of energy. This written product will include common uses of this form of energy, costs, and basic advantages and disadvantages of using this form of energy.
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Lesson Number:
4
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Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Kill-A-Watt_Meter

How much energy do YOU use?

Grades:
7-8
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
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Kill-a-Watt Meter

Home Energy Consumption

Grades:
6-8
Learning Goal(s):
Students will understand power and energy as they relate to their electricity use. Students will be able to calculate energy consumption and the associated costs. Students will investigate ways they could reduce their own energy consumption
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Pedagogy & Practice:
Author:
Deb Frankel
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Sources of Energy

Energy Review: Practical and Technical Perspectives—What is Energy?

Grades:
4-8
Learning Goal(s):
To access prior knowledge about different forms of energy
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Author:
Erin Sturtz
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min