Part 3 – Lesson 1: A Plan for Renewable Energy Goals

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours 10 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will utilize previously acquired information about energy needs to create a renewable energy proposal for their city or town.

2.Students will perform a solar energy audit on their homes and use class averages to calculate the amount of renewable energy that can be generated on residential properties.

3.Students will assess where commercial and local government solar projects can occur within the city or town to meet the energy needs for non-residential consumers.

4.Students will determine potential locations for larger scale wind and solar farms to augment the remaining energy needs of the community.

5.Students will prepare a comprehensive renewable energy plan that totals the calculations for potential residential, commercial, and agency renewable energy generation.

6.Students will prepare a brief PowerPoint presentation that summarizes their comprehensive plans that will be presented to a panel of elected officials or local experts/stakeholders.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

Students will utilize their home energy audits from Part 1, the information they gathered from the wind and solar assessments in Part 2, and the knowledge they gained from the solar project in Part 2 to devise a plan for your city or town to meet renewable energy goals set either by the town/city or by the students. View full description >>

Part 2 - Lesson 3: Solar Energy

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
6 hours 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will conduct an experiment to determine how electrical output changes as solar panels as the azimuth and tilts are incrementally changed.

2.Students will conduct an experiment to determine how electrical output changes as solar panels are shaded.

3.Students will work with the staff from your city or town to calculate the amount of potential electrical energy that can be collected from solar panels based upon the location and size of the system.

4.Students will use existing solar data to determine the number of solar panels required to power the building in question.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

Students will work with local government staff or another local energy professional to propose a way to create enough solar power energy to supply the annual energy needs for a real building. Students will be provided with on-site options, and will evaluate options based on initial installation costs and projected return on investment.... View full description >>

Part 2 - Lesson 2: Wind Energy

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will conduct an experiment where blade angles are the variable and wind speed is constant.

2.Students will conduct an experiment where blade angles are constant and wind speed varies.

3.Students will collect and analyze data to provide a conclusion to the questions: What is the optimal blade angle for generating the most energy? What is the optimal wind speed for generating the most energy?

4.Students will research prevailing winds and use a provided map of their region to indicate wind speed and direction.

5.Students will propose locations for wind farms based on optimal energy generation and zoning restrictions.

6.Based on their proposals, students will determine a range of potential kilowatt generation from wind power.

Students will learn about wind and how wind varies across geographies. Students will use Vernier Wind Turbine kits or homemade wind turbines to experiment with blade angles and wind speed. During experimentation, students will collect data as blade angles change and wind speeds change. Students will analyze their data to determine the optimal... View full description >>

Part 2 - Lesson 1: Renewable Energy Panel

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will gain background information regarding the limitations of having and wind and solar generating infrastructure within city and county limits, including environmental, aesthetic, and cultural considerations. 

2.Students will compile criteria for placement of wind and solar energy sources.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

Students will meet with local planners or other available energy experts to discuss public policy regarding the use of wind turbines and solar arrays to generate electricity. Students develop questions for a panel of professionals regarding considerations such as wildlife migration patterns, visual corridors, archeology sites, drainage, and... View full description >>

Part 1- Lesson 3: Home Energy Audit

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours 10 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will identify all ways that energy is consumed within their homes.

2.Students will perform an energy audit of their home and calculate the amount of energy used by each electronic device and appliances.

3.Students will create a spreadsheet demonstrating the electricity required to operate each electronic device and appliance, along with a summary of finding that clearly identifies how energy consumption can be reduced within their home.

4.Students will explore various ways to reduce energy (goal is 30% reduction).

5.Students will propose a variety of energy reduction plans and present those options to their families for discussion.

6.After discussion with their families, students will itemize the agreed upon plan and identify specific actions that result in quantifiable outcomes that will implemented to reduce energy consumption by their families.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

During this lesson, students will focus on where energy is used within their homes, how energy consumption is calculated, and how energy consumption can be reduced. Students will conduct a home energy audit and determine multiple ways to reduce energy consumption. Students will compare their savings to the overall community goal of thirty... View full description >>

Part 1 - Lesson 2: What is electricity and how do we use it?

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will define scientific vocabulary related to electricity.

2.Students will be able to describe how electricity moves through a conductor.

3.Students will draw and describe series and parallel circuits.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

During this lesson students will learn about how electricity originates at an atomic level and that electricity moves through conductors and can be directed using circuits. Students will used guided reading techniques to explore informational texts and videos, learn to read their energy bill, and explore circuitry using Snap Circuits or other... View full description >>

Part 1 - Lesson 1: Why Use Renewable Energy?

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
8 hours 20 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will define and explain the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

2.Students will research, summarize, and present the (short- and long-term) benefits and drawbacks of utilizing wind and solar energy.  

3.Students will research, summarize, and present the (short- and long-term) benefits and drawbacks of utilizing fossil fuels.

4.Students will generate questions about the greenhouse gas effect, identify and isolate variables, and then conduct an experiment to answer a class generated question about the greenhouse gas effect.

5.Through Socratic seminar, students will use the knowledge gained over the course of this lesson to discuss the potential long- and short-term benefits and drawbacks of using fossil fuels, solar energy, and wind energy.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

The purpose of this lesson is for students to obtain base knowledge of how renewable and non-renewable energy is generated and identify differences between renewable resources and fossil fuels. Students will research the potential long-term and short-term benefits and drawbacks of using fossil fuels, solar energy, and wind energy. In addition,... View full description >>

Unit Plan: A Community Powered by Renewable Energy

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Intended Grade Level(s):
6-12
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

LEARNING GOALS – PART 1

1.Students will define and explain the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

2.Students will research, summarize, and present the (short- and long-term) benefits and drawbacks of utilizing wind and solar energy. 

3.Students will research, summarize, and present the (short- and long-term) benefits and drawbacks of utilizing fossil fuels.

4.Students will generate questions about the greenhouse gas effect, identify and isolate variables, and then conduct an experiment to answer a class generated question about the greenhouse gas effect.

5.Through Socratic seminar, students will use the knowledge gained over the course of this lesson to discuss the potential long- and short-term benefits and drawbacks of using fossil fuels, solar energy, and wind energy.

6.Students will define scientific vocabulary related to electricity.

7.Students will be able to describe how electricity moves through a conductor.

8.Students will draw and describe series and parallel circuits.

9.Students will identify ways that energy is consumed within their homes.

10.Students will perform an energy audit of their home and calculate the amount of energy used by each electronic device and appliances.

11.Students will create a spreadsheet demonstrating the electricity required to operate each electronic device and appliance, along with a summary of finding that clearly identifies how energy consumption can be reduced within their home.

12.Students will explore various ways to reduce energy (goal is 30% reduction).

13.Students will propose a variety of energy reduction plans and present those options to their families for discussion.

14.After discussion with their families, students will itemize the agreed upon plan and identify specific actions that result in quantifiable outcomes that will implemented to reduce energy consumption by their families.

LEARNING GOALS – PART 2

1.Students will gain background information regarding the limitations of having and wind and solar generating infrastructure within city and county limits, including environmental, aesthetic, and cultural considerations. 

2.Students will work with professionals to compile criteria for placement of wind and solar energy sources.

3.Students will conduct experiments to collect and analyze data to provide a conclusion to the questions: What is the optimal blade angle for generating the most energy? What is the optimal wind speed for generating the most energy?

4.Students will use prevailing wind data in your region to examine energy output of various sized small wind turbines as wind speeds incrementally increase.

5.Based on local wind speeds, students will determine a range of potential kilowatt generation from wind power.

6.Students will conduct experiments to determine how electrical output of solar panels change as the tilt, azimuth, and shade coverage change.

7.Students will generate, compare, and evaluate various solar configurations for a solar project in your region.

LEARNING GOALS – PART 3

1.Students will utilize previously acquired information about energy needs to create a renewable energy proposal for your town or city.

2.Students will perform a solar audit on their homes and use class averages to project the amount of solar energy that can be generated on residential properties.

3.Students will assess where commercial and municipal solar projects can occur within your town or city to meet the energy needs for non-residential consumers.

4.Students will determine potential locations for larger-scale wind and solar farms to augment the remaining energy needs of the community.

5.Students will prepare a comprehensive renewable energy plan that totals the calculations for potential residential, commercial, and agency renewable energy generation.

6.Students will calculate the average amount of energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels in various conditions to determine the quantity of renewable energy sources required to power the city.

7.Students will use their projected energy calculations to propose a combination of wind and solar sources to meet your locality’s energy needs, based on benefits and drawbacks of each source of energy.

8.Based on prevailing winds and building orientation, students will explore potential sites for wind turbines and solar panels.

9.Students will develop a final proposal to meet future energy needs through a combination of energy generation and reduction of energy consumption, prepare a brief slide presentation that summarizes their comprehensive plans, and present their finding to local energy conservation groups and local government staff or elected officials.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

In this three-part comprehensive place-based and project-based unit, students will learn and apply rebnewable energy content to devise action plans at an individual, family, and local level. Students will use primary and secondary research explore energy sources and consumption, ultimately working with local professionals to craft an energy... View full description >>

Design and Engineer Solutions

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Intended Grade Level(s):
5-8
Estimated Activity Length:
7 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will take part in the engineering design process.
  2. Students will use problem solving skills to make changes to designs.
  3. Students will use speaking and listening skills to give presentations and listen to others give their presentation.
Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson is designed to span 9 days with 50-minute sessions. The students will use a Design and Engineering Journal to guide them in the design and engineering process. In small groups they will use the research from lesson 2 to formulate solutions to the problem of plastic trash islands. The students will build models using the 3D printer,... View full description >>

Engineering 101

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Intended Grade Level(s):
5-8
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

·       Students will understand some basics of engineering.

·       Students will become familiar with 3D pens and how to use them.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson is designed for 3, 50-minute sessions. The students will engage in multiple mini-engineering challenges to develop their understanding of structures and how to build models. The students will also learn to use the 3D pens to create a 3D object.   View full description >>

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