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Energy Case Study Resources:
Background information

To gain an understanding of the impacts of energy generation as a source of air pollutants in the environment, a number of resources are available. This case study allows students to identify the advantages and disadvantages of alternative sources of energy.

You may find it helpful to do some general air quality activities with your students at the beginning of your investigations. Other suggested activities for asthma include Air Quality Word Search, (This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it. It's free!) Pyramid Game, and In a Polluted Cloud activity/demonstration.

					
					
					

Energy Case Study Resources: Energy Activities  

Finding Resources - Students will: recognize that as time goes by, energy resources usually become harder to locate and recover; conclude that the price of a particular resource directly relates to the incentive of companies to obtain it; will realize that often the obtaining of energy resources has adverse environmental consequences; will learn that technological breakthroughs commonly affect both the known energy reserves and the ability of society to utilize them; will realize that the remaining reserves of fossil fuels are hard to predict and are not known with absolute certainty.

How to Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven
This small solar oven is ideal for heating s'mores, warming store-bought cookies or biscuits.
www.nrel.gov/education/solar_oven.html

Alternative Fuel Matters
This material is a compilation of individual activities that create an awareness of the potential of alternative energy sources. The activities covered in Alternative Fuel Matters are interdisciplinary, and could be used in several curriculum areas. www.fsec.ucf.edu/ed/AFM/Index.htp

Energy Bingo:
A good activity to use as an icebreaker at the beginning of the school year, to introduce the case study on energy, or to review for a test over energy sources. You will need to make a copy of the student Energy Bingo card for each student; the teacher's instructions are also available.

Energy Source Matrix:
Provides a good summary worksheet for students to complete as they investigate energy sources.

Energy Trade-Offs:
Used in conjunction with the Energy Source Matrix worksheet, students can begin to evaluate the trade-offs of different energy sources.

Wind Turbines: PicoTurbine Educational Windmills Have your students build a fully functioning, electricity-producing wind turbine! Standing only 8 inches tall, the turbine directly drives a permanent magnet brushless alternator. PicoTurbine sells a kit with all necessary materials. Also available on the web site is a link to the complete plans and experiments for building your own turbines. www.picoturbine.com/projectlist.htm

You may find it helpful to do some general air quality activities with your students at the beginning of your investigations. Suggested activities include Air Quality Word Search, (This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it. It's free!) Pyramid Game, and In a Polluted Cloud activity/demonstration.

					
					

Forms  
Please help us improve our case studies and activities by asking your students to complete the feedback form after each activity. These may be printed and mailed to us at:
        EEOP - AQCP
        NAU Box 5768
        Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768

A feedback form with space for 1 case study and 3 activities can be printed here. Feel free to send multiple copies if you use more than this number of cases and/or activities from these materials.

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Last updated: May 26, 2005