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Animated Wind Capacity Map
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This map shows how much electrical power is produced from wind in each state from 1999 through 2010. The animation shows a general increase in the amount of wind power produced per state and the number of states producing it.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Wind Power Basics
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This activity introduces wind energy concepts through a reading passage and by answering assessment questions. The main section of the activity involves constructing and testing a windmill to observe how design and position affect the electrical energy produced.

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Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Infinite Power of Texas
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Energy Kids: Lesson Plans
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The Lesson Plan section of Energy Kids provides activities and lesson plans for students of all learning styles and levels. Many of the lessons were developed by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project in cooperation with the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Lesson plans are sorted into the following age-grade categories: Primary, Elementary, Intermediate, and Secondary. Topics covered include energy, biomass, consumption/conservation, electricity, oil, natural gas, nuclear/uranium, and wind.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
07/10/2006
Ecological Footprint
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Students explore their own Ecological Footprint in the context of how many Earths it would take if everyone used the same amount of resources they did. They compare this to the Ecological Footprint of individuals in other parts of the world and to the Ecological footprint of a family member when they were the student's age.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Connecticut Energy Education
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Household Energy Audit
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Students review the electrical appliances used at home and estimate the energy used for each. The results can help to show the energy hogs that could benefit from conservation or improved efficiency.

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Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Jan DeWaters
Susan Powers
Date Added:
09/18/2014
What is Energy?: Activities and Experiments
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This website targets teachers, providing them with ideas for simple activities and experiments that can be used to demonstrate concepts related to kinetic and other forms of energy. Each activity and the science concepts involved are clearly delineated. There are also a number of challenge questions suggested to be posted to the students.

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Engineering
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Wisconsin KEEP
Date Added:
07/10/2006
Solar Racing
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In this 'Energy Education for the 21st Century' design challenge, students construct and evaluate a solar-powered model car. Students utilize the design process and undergo review by their peers to select an optimal gear ratio and components for their car. As a culminating activity, students compete in a Solar Sprint race modeled after the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Junior Solar Sprint competition.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
PBS Teachers
Date Added:
06/19/2012
How a Geothermal Power Plant Works
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This simplified animation of a geothermal power plant from the U.S. Department of Energy illustrates commonalities with traditional power-generating stations. While there are many types of geothermal power plants, this animation shows a generic plant.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Geothermal Technologies Program
US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Exploring Energy Transformations in Plants
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The ability to explain the processes by which plants capture, store and use energy for growth and development is fundamental to understanding bioenergy. In this set of lessons, students investigate how plants harness and use different sources of energy during germination and growth. Students ask questions and make predictions about the sources of energy that plants use. They then plan and carry out investigations using Wisconsin Fast Plants® to collect evidence to test predictions and construct scientific arguments.

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Applied Science
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Provider:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date Added:
01/20/2017
You Greedy Energy User
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This activity involves students in recording their energy usage of particular appliances and devices over a certain period of time. They then take the time and device and determine the kilowatts of electricity used via an internet website. They then can take this value and calculate the amount of fuel that would have to be burned to generate this same amount of electricity. This activity is done for multiple appliances and situations and it is investigated how much fuel/coal is needed to kepp the light on all day every day, or the computer that is never in sleep mode.

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Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Lawrence Marquette
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Energy Concept Assessment
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This 33-question research-based multiple-choice test is designed to evaluate students’ conceptual understanding of energy in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics courses. The survey is based on investigations of students’ difficulties in energy and should be given in a 30-minute period. Statistical results have shown the survey to be reliable and valid. Details on the construction and analysis of the survey are available in L. Ding, Designing an Energy Assessment to Evaluate Student Understanding of Energy Topics, Ph.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University, 2007, and L. Ding, R. Chabay, and B. Sherwood "How do students in an innovative principle-based mechanics course understand energy concepts?" Journal of Research in Science Teaching 2013, 50, (6), 722–747. This assessment is free for use by instructors in their classroom. However, as it takes years of development effort to create and validate reliable assessment instruments, the file is password-protected. Furthermore, the author requests that 1. students are not given copies following examination; and 2. none of the questions are incorporated into web-based question delivery systems without adequate security to prevent printing or unauthorized access by students. To obtain the password, please send a request with your name, email, institution, and a link to a page at your institution that confirms you are an instructor.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Lin Ding
Date Added:
05/21/2012
Energy and Order in Biological Systems
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This lesson explains how energy is used to keep the structure of an organism maintained. Otherwise, systems naturally progress from order to disorder according to the second law of thermodynamics. Key terms are hyperlinked to provide more detailed explanations.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Key Concepts in Biology
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Energy Transfer in a Trebuchet
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On NOVA, a team of carpenters, timber framers, engineers, and historians recreate a medieval throwing machine called a trebuchet. This adapted video segment explores how understanding energy transfer informs their design.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
04/19/2007
Renewables Roundup - Earth: The Operators' Manual
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This video segment explores whether, in principle, renewable energy resources could meet today's global energy needs of about 15.7 terawatts.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Earth: The Operators' Manual
Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Automotive Emissions and the Greenhouse Effect
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This is a laboratory activity in which students will compare the amount of carbon dioxide in four different sources of gas and determine the carbon dioxide contribution from automobiles. They test ambient air, human exhalation, automobile exhaust, and nearly pure carbon dioxide from a vinegar/baking soda mixture.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Texas State Energy Conservation Office
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Why Do Some Molecules Absorb Infrared Energy?
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In this short, hands-on activity, students build simple molecular models of 4 atmospheric gases (O2, N2, C02, and methane), compare their resonant frequencies, and make the connection between resonant frequency and the gas's ability to absorb infrared radiation.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Khaki Goes Green - Earth: The Operators' Manual
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This video segment highlights how the U.S. military is the single largest user of energy in the nation, but it is also trying to reduce its carbon bootprint. Scenes taped at Fort Irwin and Camp Pendleton show the Army and Marines experimenting with wind and solar in order to reduce the number of fuel convoys that are vulnerable to attack.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Earth: The Operators' Manual
Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions
Date Added:
06/19/2012
From Grid to Home
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In this classroom activity, students analyze regional energy usage data and their own energy bills to gain an understanding of individual consumption, regional uses, costs, and sources of energy.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Marie Johnson
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Texas: Wind and Efficiency - Earth: The Operators' Manual
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This engaging video focuses on national and global wind energy potential by specifically highlighting Texas' role as wind energy leader and energy efficiency efforts in Houston, Texas.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Earth: Operators' Manual
Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions
Date Added:
06/19/2012
How Do We Convert Electrical Energy into Mechanical Energy?
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In this activity, learners make an electromagnet motor to demonstrate the most basic method of changing electrical energy into mechanical energy. This experiment relates to Nikola Tesla's work in electrical engineering and his invention of the AC (alternating current) induction motor. To provide learners with background about Tesla, this lesson guide suggests learners watch clips from the film "Tesla: Master of Lightning" and write a report about the challenges Tesla faced as an inventor. Use this activity to help learners explore the Law of Conservation of Energy, motors, and electromagnets.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Jim Hardesty
Judy Hardesty
PBS
TESSCO
Date Added:
07/30/2013
The Earth's Heat Budget
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Hands-on laboratory activity that allows students to investigate the effects of distance and angle on the input of solar radiation at Earth's surface, the role played by albedo, the heat capacity of land and water, and how these cause the seasons. Students predict radiative heating based on simple geometry and experiment to test their hypotheses.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Roy Plotnick
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Water Bottle Rockets- Understanding Energy
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This lab activity is an exploration of Newton's Three Laws, forces and energy. Students will design, build, launch and analyze rocket data.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Heather Reighard
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Modular Approach to Physics: Energy and Orbits
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This resource is a simulation-based activity relating to gravitational potential energy (GPE) as a function of satellite-earth distance. Users may adjust the speed and initial position of a satellite in earth's gravitational field. Visible vectors and energy bar graphs help the learner determine how to apply the law of energy conservation to predict the speed of an object moving in earth's gravitational field. Included in the "Help" section is a detailed lesson plan with suggested supplementary activities. This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

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Engineering
Technology
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
05/15/2008
Dreaming in Green - Young Voices for the Planet
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In this video from Young Voices for the Planet, four middle-school girls (The Green Team) talk about their efforts to work with their peers to reduce the carbon footprint of their school and how they made the school more energy efficient.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Young Voices for the Planet
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Solar Water Heater
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Student teams design and build solar water heating devices that mimic those used in residences to capture energy in the form of solar radiation and convert it to thermal energy. In this activity, students gain a better understanding of the three different types of heat transfer, each of which plays a role in the solar water heater design. Once the model devices are constructed, students perform efficiency calculations and compare designs.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Landon B. Gennetten
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering from Integrated Teaching and Learning Program
Date Added:
06/19/2012
How the World Can Tackle Climate Change
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This short video reviews how nations and individuals can work together to reduce the emission of CO2. It discusses strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (energy conservation, renewable energies, change in energy use) and the role that government can play in this process.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Planet Nutshell
Utah Education Network
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Green Learning Canada: Adventures in renewable energy technology
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This website is a collection of resources for secondary teachers and learners on renewable energy sources. It contains lesson plans and content support for clean energy technologies. Detailed construction plans are provided for students to construct working models of solar ovens, wind turbines, hydroelectric generators, and biogas generators. Related links and backgrounders in renewable energy basics, solar heat, solar electricity, wind power, water power, biomass energy, and other clean energy technologies are also provided.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
10/23/2007
Biomass - Creating Bio-Diesel
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This detailed chemistry lesson from the U.S. Department of Energy focuses on transforming vegetable oil into biodiesel through a process of transesterification. The process described offers a good model for many chemical reaction processes that are used to produce a viable product.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Matthew A. Brown
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Raymond I. Quintana
Date Added:
06/19/2012
The Lifestyle Project
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This multi-week project begins with a measurement of baseline consumptive behavior followed by three weeks of working to reduce the use of water, energy, high-impact foods, and other materials. The assignment uses an Excel spreadsheet that calculates direct energy and water use as well as indirect CO2 and water use associated with food consumption. After completing the project, students understand that they do indeed play a role in the big picture. They also learn that making small changes to their lifestyles is not difficult and they can easily reduce their personal impact on the environment.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
John J. Thomas
Karin Kirk
SERC - Starting Point Collection
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Conservation of Energy of While Rolling Down a Hill
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Students analyze video clips of kids rolling down a hill on skates, scooters, and bikes to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lecture
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Peter Bohacek
Date Added:
08/28/2012
Renewable Energy Living Lab: The Bright Idea
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Students use real-world data to evaluate the feasibility of solar energy and other renewable energy sources in different U.S. locations. Working in small groups, students act as engineers evaluating the suitability of installing solar panels at four company locations. They access data from the online Renewable Energy Living Lab from which they make calculations and analyze how successful solar energy generation would be, as well as the potential for other power sources at those locations. Then they summarize their results, analysis and recommendations in the form of feasibility plans prepared for a CEO.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Jessica Noffsinger
Jonathan Knudtsen
Karen Johnson
Mike Mooney
Minal Parekh
Scott Schankweiler
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Introduction to Work and Energy: The Hopper Popper Surprise
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This activity is designed to provide qualitative understanding of the Work-Energy Theorem. Students are expected to have read introductory material regarding the theorem, and are tested on this with a short online quiz prior to class. After a brief discussion a "warm-up" demonstration is conducted with student participation. A question is then posed regarding the height a "Hopper Popper" will reach if launched from a thumb instead of a hard flat surface. After initial responses are presented, discussion groups are formed to achieve consensus and provide justification of conclusions. This is followed by a confirming demonstration with surprising results.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Steve Shropshire
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Wind Turbine Blade Design
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Students go through the design process and the scientific process to test the effect of blade design on power output. There is an optional extension to use the data to create an optimal set of wind turbine blades.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Kidwind Project
Date Added:
08/17/2018
UNL Astronomy ClassAction: Sun and Solar Energy
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This collection of questions and resources covers the sun and solar energy. The questions are designed to be used for in-class student engagement activities. Topics include nuclear energy, thermal transport, hydrostatic equilibrium, solar activity, differential rotation and charged particles in magnetic fields. This is part of a larger collection of similar astronomy modules from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This entire collection covers most of the topics found in most undergraduate introductory astronomy courses.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Kevin M. Lee
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
03/30/2009
TOPEX/Poseidon: Revealing Hidden Tidal Energy
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Until recently, the total energy imparted to the oceans from the moon's gravitational pull has not been fully accounted for: about 30 percent had seemingly vanished without mathematical explanation. The total energy dissipating along the world's shallow areas and coasts don't add up to the expected total. However, data collected by the U.S./French satellite called TOPEX/Poseidon may provide the answer. Visualizations and remote imagery accompanied by text explain how the rough terrain of undersea mountains and ridges may dissipate the unaccounted-for energy.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Michael Starobin
Date Added:
05/22/2003
Climate Science in a Nutshell: Where Does Carbon Dioxide Come From?
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This short video discusses where carbon dioxide, the gas that is mainly responsible for warming up our planet and changing the climate, comes from. It discusses how the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide comes directly from the burning of fossil fuels and indirectly from the human need for energy.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Planet Nutshell
Utah Education Network
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Stellar Energy
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This lecture covers information about the energy source that powers the Sun. Since the gravitational and the electromagnetic forces are insufficient to provide the energy of the Sun, the strong and weak nuclear forces are discussed. The rest of the lecture is devoted to an explanation of the nuclear reactions that can liberate energy and the mathematics involved, which provides a method to calculate the rate of fusion in the Sun.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Myers, Steven
Date Added:
05/29/2007
Physics Suite Sample Problems: Momentum and Energy
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This page contains a series of problems on the topic of momentum developed for use with The Physics Suite, an activity-based learning project. Each problem was designed to help build qualitative understanding of physics and was built around student acquisition of knowledge as observed in recent studies. The problems vary in format and include estimation, context-based reasoning, multiple choice, short answer, qualitative questions, and essay questions. Topics covered include conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, collisions, springs, gravitational potential energy, work, and graphical analysis. This item is part of a larger collection of problems, in-class questions, and interactive resources developed by the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/13/2008
Dark Energy
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In this video adapted from QUEST, learn about the discovery of a form of energy, called dark energy, which has the potential to alter our theories of how the universe is structured.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
KQED
KQED Public Television
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Date Added:
09/03/2009
Global Warming: The Developing World
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This video segment adapted from NOVA/FRONTLINE looks at the future of global warming as developing nations, including India and China, increase their need for energy.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
How Hybrids Work
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This Flash animation describes how hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power, or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and power tools.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
U.S. Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Mauna Loa CO2 Collection Data
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In this activity, students use datasets from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres to observe seasonal and hemispheric differences in changes to atmospheric C02 release and uptake over time.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Connecticut Energy Education
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Physics Suite Peer Instruction Problems: Momentum and Energy
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This website contains a series of peer instruction problems on momentum and energy, designed to be solved in a classroom setting. The problems are presented with a qualitative question (usually multiple choice) that is carefully constructed to engage student difficulties with fundamental concepts. Students consider the problem individually and contribute their answers using personal response systems (clickers). Students then confer with their cooperative groups and vote again on the correct response. Topics covered include elastic collisions, inelastic collisions, impulse, momentum, work-energy theorem, and conservation of energy. This problem set is part of the Physics Suite collection, containing sample problems, peer instruction problems, and alternative homework sets.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Date Added:
07/15/2008
Natural Gas and the Marcellus Shale
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This homework problem introduces students to Marcellus shale natural gas and how an unconventional reservoir rock can become an attractive hydrocarbon target. It is designed to expand students' understanding of hydrocarbon resources by introducing an unconventional natural gas play. Students explore the technological factors that make conventional source rocks attractive reservoir rocks and how this advance impacts both U.S. energy supply and the environment.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Sid Halsor
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Fuel Cell Animation
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This fuel cell animation demonstrates how a fuel cell uses hydrogen to produce electricity, with only water and heat as byproducts. The animation consists of four parts - an introduction, fuel cell components, chemical process, and fuel cell stack.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
US Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Energy Education and Workforce Development
Date Added:
08/17/2018
PBS Learning Media: Origins of Wave Energy
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This is a standards-aligned lesson plan for secondary education on the topic of mechanical wave motion. The lesson blends a six-minute video with a classroom activity that uses Slinky springs to model transverse and longitudinal waves. Explicit directions are given to support new or crossover teachers, including background information on wave energy and discussion questions. The resource was developed for use with the video "Making Big Waves", which may be freely downloaded for classroom use. Teachers' Domain, a network partner of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), is a growing collection of free educational resources compiled by researchers and experienced teachers to promote the use of digital resources in the classroom.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
Date Added:
10/31/2005
Exploring Green Jobs
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In this lesson, students complete a Myers-Briggs Type Inventory of their personality type as an introductory step to understanding what green jobs might suit their personal styles. From the information on this online tool, they look at different green jobs to explore possible careers.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Connecticut Energy Education
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Biomass - Investigating Gases
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In this lab activity students generate their own biomass gases by heating wood pellets or wood splints in a test tube. They collect the resulting gases and use the gas to roast a marshmallow. Students also evaluate which biomass fuel is the best by their own criteria or by examining the volume of gas produced by each type of fuel.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Eric Eric Benson
Melissa Highfill
US Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Energy Education and Workforce Development
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Renewable Energy Living Lab: Exploring Regional and Local Resources
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Students become familiar with the online Renewable Energy Living Lab interface and access its real-world solar energy data to evaluate the potential for solar generation in various U.S. locations. They become familiar with where the most common sources of renewable energy are distributed across the U.S. Through this activity, students and teachers gain familiarity with the living lab's GIS graphic interface and query functions, and are exposed to the available data in renewable energy databases, learning how to query to find specific information for specific purposes. The activity is intended as a "training" activity prior to conducting activities such as The Bright Idea activity, which includes a definitive and extensive end product (a feasibility plan) for students to create.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Jessica Noffsinger
Jonathan Knudtsen
Karen Johnson
Mike Mooney
Minal Parekh
Scott Schankweiler
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Evaluating woody biomass options for North Carolina's electricity future
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In this activity, students learn about the pros and cons of co-firing woody biomass fuels with coal to produce electricity.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Dana Haine
University of North Carolina, School of Education
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Power for Developing Countries
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This small-group activity uses engineering concepts to design energy systems for three off-the-grid towns in Mali, Ethiopia, and Namibia.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Kushal Seetharam
University of Colorado; Duke University
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Seasonal Change on Land and Water
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In this worksheet-based activity, students review global visualizations of incoming sunlight and surface temperature and discuss seasonal change. Students use the visualizations to support inquiry on the differences in seasonal change in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and how land and water absorb and release heat differently. The activity culminates in an argument about why one hemisphere experiences warmer summers although it receives less total solar energy.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
GLOBE Program
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Climate Science in a Nutshell: You Can Make a Difference
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This short video makes the case that rapid climate change affects the whole planet, but individuals can make a difference and make their carbon footprint smaller. Common suggestions are identified for young children to consciously consider what they can do.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Planet Nutshell
Utah Education Network
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems
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This activity introduces students to the process of converting sunlight into electricity through the use of photovoltaics (solar cells). Students complete a reading passage with questions and an inquiry lab using small photovoltaic cells.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Texas State Energy Conservation Office
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Creating Biofuel and Mitigating Waste
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In this activity students make biodiesel from waste vegetable oil and develop a presentation based on their lab experience. Parts of the activity include creation of bio-diesel from clean vegetable oil, creation of bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil, chemical analysis of biodiesel, purification of biodiesel, and creation of soap from glycerin.

Subject:
Technology
Physical Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
ACTS, US Department Of Energy, Energy Education and Workforce Development
Matthew A. Brown and Raymond I. Quintana
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise
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In this role-play activity, students take the roles of various important players in the climate change policy negotiation including politicians, scientists, environmentalists, and industry representatives. Working in these roles, students must take a position, debate with others, and then vote on legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Can be used in a variety of courses including writing and rhetoric, and social sciences.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
K.M. Theissen
Pedagogy in Action Collection from SERC
University of St. Thomas
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Bioprospecting for cellulose-degrading microbes: Individual Isolate Method
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This is a long-term inquiry activity in which students investigate locations they believe harbor cellulose-digesting microbes, collect samples, isolate them on selective media, and screen them for cellulase activity. These novel microbes may be useful for the production of cellulosic ethanol. In the process they learn about plating techniques, serial dilutions, symbiotic relationships and enzyme specificity. Two methods are provided, one focusing on isolation of pure microbial strains, the other focusing on finding symbiotic communities of microbes. The companion activity is here: https://www.glbrc.org/outreach/educational-materials/bioprospecting-cellulose-degrading-microbes-filter-paper-assay

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
U.S. Department of Energy
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Fermentation in a Bag
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This is a hands-on inquiry activity using zip-lock plastic bags that allows students to observe the process of fermentation and the challenge of producing ethanol from cellulosic sources. Students are asked to predict outcomes and check their observations with their predictions. Teachers can easily adapt to materials and specific classroom issues.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
U.S. Department of Energy
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Potential to Kinetic Energy Demonstration: Principles of Energy Transfer
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The Materials Science and Technology Teacher's Workshop (MAST) provides this activity to illustrate the principles of energy transfer. The demonstration uses a balance, matches, soda cans and a firecracker to show how energy can transfer between light, sound, heat and kinetic energy. Potential and kinetic energy are defined and explored. The lesson includes step by step directions for the experiment. Discussion questions are also included.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
03/07/2012
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: What Is Nuclear Energy?
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This is a web page for secondary students designed to acquaint them with the basics of nuclear energy, nuclear reactors, dangers of radiation, and radioactive waste. It is easy to read, and filled with age-appropriate diagrams, photos, and illustrations of reactors, waste disposal facilities, and nuclear containment vessels. It would be a solid addition to a unit on nuclear reactions and/or impacts to society of nuclear energy generation. This resource is part of the NRC's free library of teaching resources. See Related Materials for a link to the full collection.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
07/22/2011
EIA Energy Kids - For Teachers
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Most of these activities were developed by the National Energy Education Development Project in cooperation with the Energy Information Administration. This is a selection of stories, hands-on activities, and research articles for students of all learning styles and levels.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
05/26/2008
Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Conservation of Energy and Conservation of Momentum
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This page provides a set of context-rich physics problems on conservation of energy and conservation of momentum. Each context-rich problem is based on a real-world situation, and includes both information that is relevant to solving the problem and extraneous information. Strategies for problem solving are not explicitly provided. Each problem is formulated so it is too difficult for one student to solve alone, yet not too difficult for a group to master. This resource is based on the research results of the Minnesota Physics Education Research group. See Related items on this page for a link to the full collection.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Kenneth Heller
Patricia Heller
University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group
Date Added:
07/18/2008
Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Hydrogen Energy Levels Lab
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This digital lab introduces the concept of how quantum mechanics and light relate with respect to the Hydrogen atom. The module revolves around the Hydrogen Atom Simulator, a Bohr model version of a idealized hydrogen atom as it interacts with photons of various wavelengths. Watch the electron jump to higher energy levels as it absorbs photons, then emit photon(s) and drop back to a lower level. Students can drag the electron between levels and shoot photons of different wavelength/frequency at the atom. The module also includes an instructor's manual, student guide, worksheets, and background information requisite to understanding the concepts. The Thermal Distribution histogram gives a temperature dependent plot of occupied states for many, many atoms. This is part of a collection of astronomy applets.

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Kevin M. Lee
Date Added:
08/20/2008
World Energy Council Homepage
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The World Energy Council (WEC) promotes the sustainable supply and use of energy through the publication of papers, reports and studies pertaining to all types of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, and renewables. Speeches and select publications can be viewed through the site through the free publications area.

Subject:
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
08/14/2008
Investigating Kinetic and Potential Energy
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Students use media resources and an in-class investigation to explore the types of energy within different types of systems. They also use the formulas for kinetic and potential energy to examine the path of a projectile.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
04/19/2007
Energy Education Resources
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The Advanced Technology Environmental Energy Center provides a number of educational resources on energy topics. Resources include free downloadable energy materials, a list of energy technology programs and an interactive web forum.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
03/15/2011
Careers in Wind Energy
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this PowerPoint document on careers in wind energy. The material includes classroom projects, information on locations for wind technologies training, suggested curriculum and job descriptions. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
11/20/2012
Saved by the Sun
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This activity features video segments from a 2007 PBS program on solar energy. Students follow a seven-step invention process to design, build, and test a solar cooker that will pasteurize water. In addition, they are asked to describe how transmission, absorption, and reflection are used in a solar cooker to heat water and to evaluate what variables contribute to a successful cooker.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Jeff Lockwood
NOVA Teachers
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Food, Energy and Body Weight
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This minds-on analysis and discussion activity helps students to understand the relationships between food molecules as a source of energy, cellular respiration, physical activity, and changes in body weight.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Serendip Studio
Provider Set:
Minds-On Activities for Teaching Biology
Author:
Ingrid Waldron
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Sustainable Energy Coalition Homepage
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The Sustainable Energy Coalition brings together business, environmental, and consumer organizations that advocate federal energy policies that will lead to "a cleaner environment, safe reliable energy technologies, and a secure, prosperous future for all Americans."

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
08/18/2008
Energy Transfer in a Roller Coaster
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In this lesson designed to enhance literacy skills, students examine energy forms in moving objects and discover how changes from one form to another move cars through a roller coaster ride.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
Walmart Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/28/2011
Energy Savers Virtual Home
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This web-based computer simulation allows the participant to calculate energy savings in various types of virtual residential dwellings by making changes in the appliances, light bulbs, insulation, energy sources, etc. that are used. This is a totally interactive simulation that would be suitable for junior high school through college classes. This simulation also contains links where students can access research information.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
09/28/2007
Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Electric Potential Energy Problems
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This page provides a set of context-rich physics problems relating to electric potential energy. Each context-rich problem is based on a real-world situation, and includes both information that is relevant to solving the problem and extraneous information. Strategies for problem solving are not explicitly provided. Each problem is formulated so it is too difficult for one student to solve alone, yet not too difficult for a group to master. This resource is based on the research results of the Minnesota Physics Education Research group. See Related items on this page for a link to the full collection.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Kenneth Heller
Patricia Heller
University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group
Date Added:
07/23/2008
Black Ice - A Slippery Arctic Road
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In this series of activities students investigate the effects of black carbon on snow and ice melt in the Arctic. The lesson begins with an activity that introduces students to the concept of thermal energy and how light and dark surfaces reflect and absorb radiant energy differently. To help quantify the relationship between carbon and ice melt, the wet lab activity has students create ice samples both with and without black carbon and then compare how they respond to radiant energy while considering implications for the Arctic.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
DeeDee Whitaker
Katherine Whang
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Energy Production in Stars
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Energy Production in Stars is part of the Astronomy 162: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology course offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. This section covers the mass-energy relation of special relativity; the curve of binding energy, and its implications for fusion and fission reactions, and stellar energy production; nuclear reactions, and their relation to the Coulomb barrier, and quantum mechanical tunneling; temperature and pressure in stars, including the kinetic theory of gases, ideal gas law, and the Gamow window for charged particle reactions; the proton-proton chain; the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen (CNO) cycle; the triple-alpha process, mass-5 and mass-8 bottlenecks; advanced burning stages; stellar energy transport; and the solar neutrino problem.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
04/13/2007
Wind and Ocean Circulation
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This animated visualization was created for the planetarium film 'Dynamic Earth'. It illustrates the trail of energy that flows from atmospheric wind currents to ocean currents.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Greg Shirah
Horace Mitchell
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Thomas and Lucas
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Energy Supply and Transportation
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This classroom activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will allow students to explore their personal consumption of various forms of energy and their personal transportation options. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
01/07/2013
Greenhouse Gases - IR Spectra
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This animation allows students to explore the infrared spectra of greenhouse gases and depict the absorption spectra. Vibrational modes and Earth's energy spectrum can also be overlaid.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Amanda Thompson
Katrina Genuis
King's Center for Visualization in Science
P. Mahaffy
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Why is Carbon an Important Element?
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Students explore the carbon cycle and the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature. Students create and compare graphs of carbon dioxide and temperature data from one local (Mauna Loa, Hawaii) meteorological station and one NASA global data set. These graphs, as well as a global vegetation map and an atmospheric wind circulation patterns diagram, are used as evidence to support the scientific claims they develop through their analysis and interpretation.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Your Family's Carbon Footprint
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Students investigate how much greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) their family releases into the atmosphere each year and relate it to climate change. To address this, students use the Environmental Protection Agency Personal Emissions Calculator to estimate their family's greenhouse gas emissions and to think about how their family could reduce those emissions.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Activities for Conceptualizing Climate and Climate Change
Perdue University
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Power Source
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In this short activity, students or groups are tasked to make concept sketches that track the source of electrical power as far back as they can conceive. The concept sketches reveal students' prior conceptions of the power grid and energy mix, and lead naturally into a lesson or discussion about energy resources and power production.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Steven Semken
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Energy & Environmental Programs Databases
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ATEEC provides links to 2-year and 4-year colleges and high schools that offer environmental programs, and 100+ program descriptions. Search the map of programs in energy and environmental technology, or download a PDF of the full listing of each that includes the college, degree, program web site, and school web site.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
01/27/2007
Ocean Currents and Sea Surface Temperature
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In this classroom activity, students access sea surface temperature and wind speed data from a NASA site, plot and compare data, draw conclusions about surface current and sea surface temperature, and link their gained understanding to concerns about global climate change.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Joan Carter
NASA - My NASA Data Collection
Date Added:
10/27/2014
A New Angle on PV Efficiency
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In this hands-on activity, students examine how the orientation of a photovoltaic (PV) panel -- relative to the position of the sun -- affects the energy-efficiency of the panel.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Abby Watrous
Eszter Horanyi
Jack Baum
Malinda
Schaefer Zarske
Stephen Johnson
University of Colorado; Boulder
William Surles
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Solar House
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In this activity, students assume the role of a team of architects that has been commissioned to build a solar house containing both active and passive solar components. First, they must design the house and then build a model. The model is tested to determine how well it utilizes solar energy.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Environmental Literacy Council
Walter Werner
Wendy Van Norden
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Global Warming Webquest
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In this Webquest activity, students assume roles of scientist, business leader, or policy maker. The students then collaborate as part of a climate action team and learn how society and the environment might be impacted by global warming. They explore the decision making process regarding issues of climate change, energy use, and available policy options. Student teams investigate how and why climate is changing and how humans may have contributed to these changes. Upon completion of their individual tasks, student teams present their findings and make recommendations that address the situation.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Marian Koshland Science Museum - National Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Air: Fuel for Thought
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This lesson plan engages students in a real-life exploration of climate change as it is affected by greenhouse emissions from vehicles. The aim of this activity is for students to realize the impact of vehicle use in their family and to give students the opportunity to brainstorm viable alternatives to this use.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
PBS
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Colorado River water supply
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This activity addresses climate change impacts that affect all states that are part of the Colorado River Basin and are dependent on its water. Students examine available data, the possible consequences of changes to various user groups, and suggest solutions to adapt to these changes.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
David Hassenzahl
Encyclopedia of Earth
Patricia Mynster
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Climate Change and the Oceans
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This activity covers the role that the oceans may play in climate change and how climate change may affect the oceans. It is lesson 8 in a nine-lesson module Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
The King's Centre for Visualization in Science
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Car of the Future
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In this activity, student teams research and develop a proposal to decrease the carbon footprint of their city's/town's public transportation system and then prepare a report that explains why their transportation plan is the best for their community.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Jeff Lockwood
NOVA Teachers
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Woody Biomass-Nebraska
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This video illustrates the advantages of woody biomass as a renewable, carbon-neutral energy source. Woody biomass is underutilized and often overlooked as a renewable fuel, and it can be harvested sustainably and burned cleanly.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
PBS Foundation
the.gov
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Power Your House with Wind
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This is a hands-on activity students design, build, and test. They compare the energy-generating capacities of vertical- and horizontal- axis wind turbine prototypes they have built as potential sources for power in a home.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tyler Maline
University of Colorado
Date Added:
09/24/2018
How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures: Activity A How do Atmospheres Interact with Solar Energy?
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In this 2-part inquiry-based lesson, students conduct a literature search to determine the characteristics of the atmospheres of different planets (Venus, Mercury, Mars and Earth). After collecting and analyzing data, student teams design and conduct a controlled physical experiment using a lab apparatus to learn about the interaction of becomes CO², air, and temperature. The resource includes student worksheets, a design proposal, and student questions. Connections to contemporary climate change are addressed. This lesson is the first of four in Topic 4, "How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures?" within the resource, Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate?

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History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
Student Guide
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air
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In his book, MacKay explores our population's addiction to fossil fuels and the problems faced with sustainability. Two issues faced with fossil fuels are they will eventually run out and they are harming our environment during use. McKay does not give one simple solution to the problem, but contrast various advanced technologies and how they may be applied to improve our environment and sustainability. More information may be found at http://www.withouthotair.com/.

Subject:
Technology
Geoscience
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
Provider Set:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Author:
University of Cambridge
Date Added:
11/03/2008