Solving the Storage Problem

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Clean, renewable energy is there for the taking ... how do we save it until we need it? A short video, part of an energy unit from NOVA, discusses the challenges of creating and storing electrical energy efficiently. The narrator explains peak use times, power plant stand-by, and plans for the future.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask pupils to keep an energy use journal for a week to take a closer look at their consumption
  • What would giant electrical storage batteries look like? Have the class propose a design that is both functional and attractive
Classroom Considerations

  • Use tips from the teacher's guide to help preface the video
Pros

  • Vintage video footage illustrates to students how long electricity has been a major part of day-to-day life
  • Discussion questions provide opportunities for further research 
Cons

  • None
Common Core