Lesson 6: What is Our Plan?

Design a 50 Year Energy Plan
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Author:
Bradford Hill
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students utilize their knowledge of energy’s impact on global systems as well as the process of energy generation in order to inform their development of a 50-year Energy Plan divided into decades. 

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
11-12.WHST.7

With all the pieces in place, this Unit’s final lesson asks students to code a spreadsheet that calculates and mathematically predicts the environmental impacts of different energy sources and strategies over

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Lesson 5: How Do We Evaluate Energy Sources?

Design a 50 Year Energy Plan
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12th
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Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will develop models of the interaction between atmospheric composition and surface temperature using simple diagrams.
2. Students will reflect on the impact of energy sources and power production on the environment. 

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
11-12.WHST.7

Building on student’s understanding of energy production methods developed over previous lessons, Lesson 5 asks the class to identify and measure trade-offs between environmental impacts – human needs – and

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Lesson 4: Scaling up to Power Production Let’s use Data to Optimize the Performance of a Solar Cell Array

Design a 50 Year Energy Plan
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9th
10th
11th
12th
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1. Design, build, and refine a system that most effectively converts energy from the sun into electrical energy. 

Somewhat similar to the first part of the wind turbine project from Lesson 3, students are tasked with optimizing the performance of a photovoltaic system. This objective both allows students to apply the

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Lesson 3: Scaling up to Power Production: Let’s Engineer a Wind Turbine

Design a 50 Year Energy Plan
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Author:
Bradford Hill
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Design, build, and refine a wind turbine in order to effectively and efficiently convert motion into mechanical energy and then into electrical energy 

After working through Lessons 1 and 2 of this Unit, students are now familiar with the physics of how generators work. The next step in Lesson 3 is to investigate how existing power generation systems operate

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Lesson 2: Diving into the Physics of Motors and Generators

Design a 50 Year Energy Plan
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Author:
Bradford Hill
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Through hands-on exploration, create a working speaker for a cellphone.

2. Use the creation of a speaker to observe as a model for the process of generating electrical current in a simple generator/motor. 

Using energy analysis and some tinkering students hand wind speakers to play music from a phone. This acts as a phenomenon to engage students in the exploration of electromagnetism. At this point, they have

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Lesson 1: Introducing Power Production and Impacts of Climate Change

Design a 50 Year Energy Plan
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Author:
Bradford Hill
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Power Production
Climate Science
Electricity and Magnetism
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Explore the causes and effects of climate change as related to energy production.

2. Develop a working understanding of varying stakeholder perspectives on the causes and effects of climate change. 

In the first part of this activity, students participate in a role play activity – understanding the needs of different people living and working around the world. Each character express their unique

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50 Year Energy Plan - Unit Plan

Design a 50 Year Energy Plan
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5
Author:
Bradford Hill
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
physics
Physical science
Earth Science
Electromagnetism
Energy Planning
Power Grid
wind energy
Environmental Policy
solar energy
Climate Science
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Learning Goal(s):
  1. Explore causes and effects of climate change as related to energy production.

  2. Develop a working understanding of varying stakeholder perspectives on the causes and effects of climate change.

  3. Through hands-on exploration, build a working speaker that can connect to a cellphone.

  4. Use DIY speakers as a model to observe the process of producing electrical currents with a simple generator.

  5. Design, build and refine a wind turbine to efficiently convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.

  6. Design, build and refine a system that is the most effective at converting the sunlight into electrical energy.

  7. Students develop models to study the relationship between the Earth’s atmospheric composition and the Earth’s surface temperatures using simple diagrams.

  8. Students reflect on the impact of energy sources and power production on the environment.

  9. 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. 

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
11-12.WHST.7

Throughout this creative, hands-on Unit, students are challenged to scale up every Disciplinary Core Idea and Science & Engineering

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