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Saving Money on Renewable Energy (BC)

Subject Area: Science

Link to British Columbia Science Curriculum:
  • Assess survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
Links to the New Learning Standards in Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies:
  • Develop a sense of efficacy and personal agency about their ability to participate as inventors, innovators, and agents of change to solve practical problems in a rapidly changing world
  • Develop a lifelong interest in designing, making, and evaluating products
Brief Overview of the Lesson:

The students will pretend they are a new company building a factory. They will research the pros and cons of different kinds of renewable energy on the Internet. They will choose which form of energy to use and share the reasons for their choice with the class.

Estimated Time Required for Implementation:

One to two class periods

Materials Needed:

Computers

Suggested Implementation Strategy:
  • Divide the class into groups.
  • Ask the students to brainstorm the different kinds of renewable energy. Write their answers on the board.
  • Tell the students that each group represents a new company that is planning on building a new factory. They must decide if they should install a geothermal heat pump, use solar panels on the roof, invest in a wind turbine, or use bio fuel to provide energy for their factory.
  • Each group will research on the Internet the sources of renewable energy and decide which form of energy they should choose for their factory. The research should include the pros and cons of each form of energy and what factors they considered when making their choices.
  • Each group will share their findings with the other groups.
Options for Consideration:
  • The students could be asked to write a report of their findings.
  • The students may be asked to research ahead of time the different kinds of renewable energy.
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