|The Green Book: Environmental Education Resource Guide
|Energy Thinking for Massachusetts|
© 2008 All Rights Reserved - By: Chris Mason, NESEA
Source: Energy Thinking for Massachusetts
|Energy—where we get it and how we use it—can be expected to change radically during the lifetimes of our children. The world’s ability to produce oil fast enough to meet rising worldwide demand is being stressed. This situation can only be expected to grow worse over the lifetime of our students, unless we shift away from a dependence on oil. Rising carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels (our primary energy resources) are a major cause of global warming. It is increasingly clear this will exact a considerable cost on the world’s environment and population, especially on future generations unless vast changes are made to our energy systems and ways we use energy.Through activities in this unit students examine the scientific concepts of energy sources, forms, transformations, efficiency, and heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation). Students experiment with electric generators powered by wind, water, and light; they also conduct tests heating model buildings with different types of insulation (thermal and radiant barriers) and sealing leaks.Steeped in state specific standards and statistics, students investigate the concept and applications of energy and the percentage of types of energy forms utilized by their state.Aligned to Massachusetts Standards in Science, Technology/Engineering and Ecological Health for grades 5th – 8th.|
Topics:Energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency
Subjects:Health,Mathematics,Science, Technology, and Engineering
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