Most students don’t usually consider the source for electric power that is vital for their day-to-day activities. This lesson unit will provide the opportunity for students to investigate, research, and analyze the steps that transform energy from ‘raw material’ (coal, oil, natural gas, solar energy, wind energy, nuclear energy, etc) to ‘power’ that they use for charging their phones, and using their computers and television.
Students will complete a series of inquiry based activities that lead them on a course to discover what really happens when they turn on the lights– from the site of the mining, collection, or generation to the power plant or point of distribution to the transmission and delivery of electric power to their homes.
Students will focus on conservation and the importance of being good stewards of natural resources as well as possible career choices related to electric utilities.
Author: Leigh Ann Hudson