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Renewable Energy

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Bring some energy to your physical science curriculum with this engaging Bill Nye the Science Guy instructional activity. Based on his Renewable Energy video, students explore the concepts of potential and kinetic energy and learn how they are applied in solar panels and wind turbines.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have students conduct further research into different renewable energy technologies, presenting their findings to the rest of the class
  • In small groups, have students create lists of pros and cons for different renewable energy sources
  • If the resources are available, work in small groups designing devices that run off solar or wind energy
Classroom Considerations
  • This lesson requires a copy of Bill Nye the Science Guy's Renewable Energy video, which may be found online or in your school or local public library
  • Depending on the availability of resources, you may wish to create a single wind turbine model that students can investigate as a learning center
  • Resource includes numerous worksheets and a short quiz that complement a viewing of the Bill Nye video
  • Provides clear, step-by-step instructions for creating a model wind turbine with pictures demonstrating the process
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