Sustainability Lesson 5 Energy
  
 
 
 
Sustainability Lesson 5 Energy

Overview

In this lesson students will learn about energy saving technologies used in transportation as well in providing electricity. Students will give presentations on six different types of alternative energy: hydroelectric (dams, turbines, tidal, ocean currents, etc.), stored energy, nuclear energy, wind energy, solar (multiple sources), and biomass/algae.

Relevant Learning Objectives

1. Connect concepts from a variety of disciplines within the framework of sustainability. 

3.  Evaluate the validity of a news report related to the environment and sustainability OR prepare a scientifically sound argument on a local environmental issue to present at a town forum or in a town newspaper

4. Recognize the role separate countries play in the environmental issues that affect sustainability.

Procedure

Pre-Class Assignments

  • Students read Osnos reading.

 Possible Classroom Activities

  • Sustainability Lesson 5 Hook (0) Introduce R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1895.
  • Sustainability Lesson 5 Lecture on Energy Resources (0) Using lecture outline and PowerPoint slides, introduce students to the concepts of energy resources.
  • Sustainability Lesson 5 Jigsaw Activity (0) Jigsaw Activity can replace latter part of lecture: Divide students into 6 groups with each group assigned one of the forms of alternative energy. In your group, read and discuss the information about your aspect of the ecosystem. Create a simple poster that explains the energy source and summarizes the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Sustainability Lesson 5 Reading Discussion (0) Optionally, one could shorten the lecture and use class time for a discussion of the main reading.
  • Sustainability Lesson 5 Conclusion (0) Ask student to respond to the following task (write, pair-share, etc) Explain to Prof. Yao Qiang the varied political and cultural attitudes in the US that would shape responses to his statement: Yao Qiang, a professor of thermal engineering at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, quoted by Evan Osnos: “If the government does nothing, the technology is doomed to fail.”

Resources

Optional Resources

 

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