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New Review Using Waste Heat to Generate Electricity
High school energy enthusiasts will be able to explain how thermal energy that is a byproduct of industry can be used as an alternative way to generate electricity. After some discussion, brainstorming, listening to podcasts, and research, they will zoom in on a specific example of an industry using this method of electricity generation. They work together to create their own podcast using the fabuous MapMaker Interactive software on the National Geographic Education website.
Life as we know it would not be possible without electric transformers, so there are fewer more pertinent topics for your eager young engineers. An astounding amount of background information is provided to help you develop a lecture on how transformers work, and also the instructions for building transformers in class are provided. Along the way, tips are included for keeping safety as a priority.
Experiment with electric circuits and conductivity. Young scientists will model and discuss how an electric circuit works. First they will draw a model of the flow of electrons and then build an actual circuit. Finally, they will explain the circuit path and test the conductivity of a variety of materials. They use critical thinking skills to explore circuits and conductivity of materials. Be sure to check the materials list before planning for this activity.
Another fantastic lesson on energy is presented by the American Coal Foundation. This one focuses on electricity; how it is produced, how it is delivered, and how it is used. Some excellent handouts are embedded in this fine plan which make it easy to implement in your classroom.
Students study concepts related to static electricity, based on a single example: lightning. They explain how static electricity, lightning, and sparks are all related phenomena. They draw a diagram illustrating the negative and positive charges that occur in a lightning storm.
Students study the causes of electricity shortage in California in 2000-2001. In this social studies lesson, students evaluate the effect of the deregulation process. They discuss the actions taken by the government to solve the crisis.
A summary of electric charge and its flow along a conductor starts this PowerPoint. The differences between batteries and supply from a power station are detailed and a group of slides that ask questions of your students and then give the answers . A set of slides show the wiring and pins in a European plug along with the possible faults and dangers.
Students examine the concept that static electricity is a phenomenon that involves positive and negative charges. They explore the Static Electricity section of the Science, Technology and Engineering website to learn more about the causes and effects of static electricity. Then, they will perform experiments demonstrating that opposite charges attract and like charges repel.
Young scholars study what an electric generator does and its history. In this energy lesson students complete several experiments including building their own electric generator.
What a shock your physics pupils will receive when they view this fascinating PowerPoint! They will be able to calculate electric field strength using Coulomb's law as a result. They will also visualize electric fields and grasp the behavior of electrons within a conductor. They examine Faraday's experiments with electricity. This marvelous resource thoroughly prepares learners of physics for dealing with electrostatic equilibrium. Follow the show with some problem-solving practice.
What is a fossil fuel? Ever heard that question? Well, now you have an answer, or least a research project that will allow learners to find the answer on their own. They research how electricity is generated from coal then create a pamphlet illustrating and describing the process, advantages, and disadvantages of using fossil fuels. This lesson includes several helpful web links.
Students view a segment of "Electricity's Power," they focus on the professions- lightning researcher, scientist specializing in electricity in space, and a lineman. They choose one profession, students explore and investigate about the profession and write a story as if they worked in that field.
Students identify the different professions that are related to electricity. In this professions instructional activity students write a story about performing one of these jobs and share it with the class.
Students explain the relationship between magnetism and electricity. In this physics lesson, students describe the transformation of energy. They create an electromagnet and investigate the factors affecting its strength.
Students examine the basic ideas of conductors and insulators. For this electricity lesson, students predict which items will work as insulators or conductors when contact is made with a lightning globe. The students evaluate what they have learned and record their results on worksheets.
Learners explore electricity. In this interactive electricity lesson, students create static electricity with balloons, observe the rate at which ice melts to identify conductors and insulators, and create a static charge. Activities and materials are explained in detail.
Students identify hypotheses related to static electricity, to begin to test the hypotheses, to begin to develop conclusions related to observations, to demonstrate that like charges repel and unlike charges attract each other, to name protons and electrons as the two kinds of electrical charges, and to define static electricity as a type of electricity produced when objects gain or lose electrons.
Students study the history of electricity and the different ways we generate electricity. In this electricity activity students complete several experiments on generating power.
Young scholars examine the different types of electric motors including their history and classification. In this motor lesson plan students complete several experiments with different motors.