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Renewable Energy: Choices for Tomorrow

Lesson Description:
This activity booklet is designed for middle school students, and is appropriate for discussion of energy concepts at these grade levels. the concepts developed through the activities in this kit include:
  • what energy is
  • how energy is converted
  • renewable technologies: wind and water
  • renewable technologies: biomass
  • renewable technologies: solar

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
Standards Addressed:
State Content Standards
The activities in this booklet address portions of the following guidelines from the Colorado Science Standards:
  • 1.0 students understand the processes of scientific investigation, and design, conduct, communicate about, and evaluate such investigations.
  • 2.0 physical science: students know and understand common
  • properties, forms, and changes in matter and energy. (focus: physics
  • and chemistry)
  • 2.2 students know that energy appears in different forms, and can move (be transferred) and change (be transformed).
  • 2.3 students understand that interactions can produce changes in a system, although the total quantities of matter and energy remain unchanged.
  • 3.2 students know and understand interrelationships of matter and energy in living systems.
  • 5.0 students know and understand interrelationships among science, technology, and human activity and how they can affect the world.

Materials Needed:
  • Materials vary by activity. some materials include data sheets (included), beans, blindfolds, solar cell, radiometer, light bulb, battery, electric mo

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