Energy Consumption Rates across the USA and the World

Students use Google Earth to analyze oil consumption per capita in the US and around the world. Students then use spreadsheets to create graphs and calculate statistics regarding per capita energy use among various categories.

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Glenn A. Richard
SERC - Pedagogy in Action Collection

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There are underlying assumptions and contributing reasons for varying energy use around the world. The students may need some explanations and clarifications.

Activity needs a grading rubric.

Flexible teaching and learning strategies applicable.

Students will ideally have some prior knowledge/experience with Google Earth.

Additional background information available from Energy Information Administration

Comment from expert scientist: Data on the sites that are linked in this activity should be checked for timeliness by the educator.