Renewable Energy Teacher Resources

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Scotland would like to lead the way in wave technology. The power of the ocean's waves can be converted into usable energy. This fascinating video explores this innovative technology for using waves as a renewable energy source. Even though the video quality is poor, the information is valuable and would be worth showing to a class that is exploring alternative energy sources.
Explain how a geothermal power plant works using this computer-animated video. The narrative is included on the video itself. Though not particularly engaging, the video is educational and can be used if you will be covering geothermal power in your renewable energy curriculum.
Solar energy and biofuels are introduced as future alternative sources of energy. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has made it their mission to make these alternatives more efficient and competitive with the use of fossil fuels. This brief video does not provide much information, but it would serve as a good introduction to a unit on renewable or alternative sources of energy.
Delve into the practical basics of solar energy. This video opens with a short explanation of photovoltaic cells and how they convert solar energy into usable electricity. Actual footage of photovoltaic cell installation and computer animations exhibit their use in the typical home. Show this presentation when introducing a unit on solar power or renewable energy.
Computer animations show how a solar energy system provides electricity throughout a house. It presents like a demonstration video that one might view at a convention or trade show. Perhaps it would be useful during a unit on renewable energy sources as an example of how practical solar energy can be.
Around 80 percent of the world's energy demands are currently met by fossil fuels. Nuclear fusion is being explored as a possible renewable energy source for the future. Acquaint your advanced physics learners with the process of nuclear fusion and reactors by showing this video. Computer animations bring fusion to life before the viewer's eyes. The interviews with nuclear scientists are informative, but they reveal that the sound does not match the visuals.
The potential of using algae to produce biofuel is briefly commemorated in this video. Perhaps you could assign collaborative groups different forms of renewable energy and have them research and create a media presentation to share with the class. This video could serve as an example.
The video quality is poor, but the content is informative. Footage from an actual hydroelectric power plant and colorful computer animations are used to explain how hydropower is converted into usable electricity. This can be used to introduce learners to hydropower with your renewable energy curriculum.
Students describe the pros and cons of different energy sources. In this earth science activity, students respond to survey questions and discuss each other's opinion about the issue. They research an energy source of their choice and share findings with the class.
Eleventh graders construct their own calorimeter. In this physical science lesson, 11th graders determine the energy produced by plant products. They create a bar graph and analyze their results.
Young scholars investigate energy conservation.  In this energy conservation and analyzing data lesson, students identify and explain several energy sources and research renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Young scholars use statistics form data tables to calculate the cost of driving a car, heating a home, and other common uses of energy, then brainstorm ways in which we can conserve energy.
Young hydrologists observe a waterwheel which helps them investigate the transformations of energy that occur when the blades of a hydro-turbine are turning. They work together in pairs and pretend to be engineers who are building a new and more efficient waterwheel. This fantastic lesson plan employs teaching strategies that bring in real-life scenarios which should stimulate and motivate your students. Some terrific extension activities are presented as well.
This is not exactly a lesson plan, but rather a six-page document detailing how to build a solar oven. A bit of background information, materials list, diagrams and photos, and clearly-written procedures are all included. There are no specific instructions for baking in the oven, but tips are offered. Building a solar oven is a classic project for wrapping up a unit on alternative or renewable forms of energy.
Fourth graders explore how engineers transform wind energy into electrical energy by building their own miniature wind turbines and measuring the electrical current it produces. They see how design and position affect the electrical energy production. Some excellent attachments to this plan will guide the groups of students through the design of their wind turbines.
Fourth graders develop an understanding of how engineers use wind to generate electricity. They will build a model anemometer to better understand and measure wind speed. They discover that engineers design wind turbines that generate electricity by considering the Earth's surface, wind direction, average outside temperature, the impact by and on birds and insects, and the extreme forces on the turbine.
Fourth graders, after viewing a video on "The Future" Fossil Fuel grade, participate in an energy consumption simulation game in order to analyze how consumption, population, and choice of resource affect the availability of future resources. In groups, they brainstorm creative ways to conserve fossil fuels for the future.
In this energy and energy resources worksheet, learners complete 14 fill in the blank questions in the form of word scrambles, twisters, and teasers.
Throughout this five-day lesson plan, emerging environmentalists explore the use of ethanol as an alternative renewable energy source. On days two and three, they actually hydrolyze cornstarch and make colorimetric analyses. Be aware that specialized lab equipment is necessary for the investigation: a Vernier LabPro and Colorimeter, graphing calculators, various glassware and measurement tools. 
Students explore energy by researching fuel usage on Earth. In this fossil fuel lesson, students define fossil fuels, the energy created by burning them, and the impact on the environment when using them. Students conduct pollution experiments by mining for cookies, using candles, and creating a mock oil spill.
Students define energy and identify the different types that exist. They identify places they see, hear or feel energy. They understand the role of engineering in finding and testing sources of energy for the production of electricity.