Generating electricity: Evaluating the sustainability of today's and tomorrow's energy sources

In this activity, students learn about the energy sources used by their local utility provider to generate electricity, and work in small groups to evaluate the sustainability of either a renewable or non-renewable energy source used to generate electricity.

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Dana Haine
Learning North Carolina

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Activity asks students to develop a portfolio for their region so educators need to be familiar with their regional energy portfolios.

Record student preconceptions by asking students to list types of fuel used to produce energy and ask whether they are sustainable or not.

Comparing different locations is a good way for students to grasp a more global perspective and identify which kinds of energy are predominant.