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Saving Money on Renewable Energy (NL)

Subject Area: Technology

Link to Newfoundland and Labrador Technology Curriculum:
  • Energy and Power Unit 1 -Topic 4 – 1.13 investigate and report on sources that can be used to produce electricity
  • Energy and Power Unit 1 – Topic 4 – 1.15 discuss legal, ethical, and environmental consequences related to the generation, conversion, transmission and consumption of energy for individuals and society.
  • Energy and Power Unit 1 – Topic 4 – 1.16 examine new technologies that are evolving for more efficient conversion, transmission, and consumption of electrical energy
  • Energy and Power Unit 3 – Topic 2 – 3.04 identify specific problems for the design and development of an energy efficient system.
  • Energy and Power Unit 3 – Topic 2 – 3.05 select a specific problem for design and development of an energy efficient system and communicate it clearly in the form of a design brief.
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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