Design a 50 Year Energy Plan

50 Year Energy Plan - Unit Plan

Grades:
9-12
Description:

Throughout this creative, hands-on Unit, students are challenged to scale up every Disciplinary Core Idea and Science & Engineering Practice they’ve learned - from simple electricity generation, to building their own stereo speakers and DIY electric...

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Explore causes and effects of climate change as related to energy production. Develop a working understanding of varying stakeholder perspectives on the causes and effects of climate change. Through hands-on exploration, build a working speaker that can connect to a cellphone. Use DIY speakers as a model to observe the process of producing electrical currents with a simple generator. Design, build and refine a wind turbine to efficiently convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. Design, build and refine a system that is the most effective at converting the sunlight into electrical energy. Students develop models to study the relationship between the Earth’s atmospheric composition and the Earth’s surface temperatures using simple diagrams. Students reflect on the impact of energy sources and power production on the environment. Students utilize their knowledge of how energy generation processes impacts the environment to inform how and why they develop a 50-year Energy Plan for their local community. 
Author:
Bradford Hill
Estimated Activity Length:
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NGS Navigators Podcast
Published:
2019
Last Updated:
2021
Intended Grade Level:
PreK-2,
3-5,
MS,
HS,
OST,
Post Secondary
Description:

NGSNavigators podcast featuring Dr. Daniel Morales-Doyle, who discusses powerful impact of a justice-centered science pedagogy, which is one of the core pedagogies that informs CE's approach. He gives examples of what this looks like throughout different grade bands. He specifically shares a high school chemistry unit he taught in Chicago. In the show notes, find his research and similar articles of the impact of justice centered science pedagogy.

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Climate Justice Alliance
Published:
2016
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
MS,
HS,
OST,
Post Secondary
Description:

Released in response to President Obama's Clean Power Plan, this analysis and policy platform's goal is "to empower communities working for a Just Transition to a clean energy future by organizing to protect the integrity of the CPP and ensuring Federal and State Implementation Plans adhere to principles of environmental justice." It addresses effects on frontline communities, incorproatin of environmetal justice principles into state and federal energy plans, regulation of carbon and co-pollutant emisisons, policy loopholes to incentivize fossil fuel extraction, clean energy and conservtation, and access to clean energy careers.

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WBUR (NPR station)
Published:
2020
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
MS,
HS
Description:

A recent (2020) article that highlights inequities in the enegry systems, as made even more apparent by the COVID-19 crisis and the threat of utility shutoffs for society's most vulnerable.

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Environment America
Published:
2020
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
3-5,
MS,
HS,
OST,
Post Secondary
Description:

Videos and blogs representing diverse stories from around the country of professionals, advocates and others who are working towards a 100% Renewable Energy future.  Great for engaging students in both understanding energy careers and promoting place-based engagement around energy issues. 

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Generation 180
Published:
2020
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
3-5,
MS,
HS,
OST
Description:

Generation 180 is a nonprofi working to inspire and equip people to take action on clean energy. The site includes a wealth of resources for engaging student's in exploring how they use energy, understanding how energy decisions are made, and providing them with tools so they can take big or small actions to promote clean energy locally. Two features include the Energy Challenge (to organize class/local challenges) and the Boot Camp virtual course. The site also has reports on school solar, with success stories, trends, and guide for including solar in your school.

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NC Clean Energy Technology Center: NC State University
Published:
1995
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
3-5,
MS,
HS,
OST,
Post Secondary
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DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States.  It includes national, state and local policies and incentives for all 50 states and DC.

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KGW8
Published:
2019
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
MS,
HS,
Post Secondary
Description:

Great synopsis of historical and future problems with energy supply and management in the Pacific Northwest. Strong utility policy focus, with good info in the context of Integrated Resource Plans and Renewable Portfolio Standards.

Source:
Student Energy
Published:
2020
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
3-5,
MS,
HS,
OST,
Post Secondary
Description:

An amazing resource focused on providing students with a wealth of resources-videos, articles, and other reosurces-focused on a huge variety of applied energy topics. This is an amazing go-to resource for startingto explore enegry, or going deeper into applied energy issues.  It is also an opportunity to engage students more deeply in energy advocacy.  

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National Geographic
Published:
2014
Last Updated:
2020
Intended Grade Level:
3-5,
MS,
HS
Description:

A robust game/simulation that models energy in many city simulations and requires players to balance energy needs, costs, environmental and social concerns as they seek to power their growing region. A fantastic way to introduce or reinforce exploration of sources of energy and grid concepts.

NOTE: THis game uses Adobe Flash, which is being phased out by many browsers. You may need to find a browser that will support Flash in order to access the game. 

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