In this lesson, students learn about renewable energy sources while improving their data analysis skills, building their research skills, and learning about the engineering design process.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch two videos about fossil fuels and renewable energy.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students analyze data about fossil fuel consumption and renewable energy consumption from the Energy Information Administration.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students engineer a solar oven to further understand the renewable power of the sun and learn about the engineering design cycle.
Accompanying Teaching Materials
The NGSS crosscutting concept for this lesson is "Influence of Science, Engineering and Technology on Society and the Natural World."
Students should have background knowledge of energy. For example, students should be familiar with why humans use energy for electricity and transportation. Additionally, they should know how electricity is generated. The “Inquire” videos will help refresh the students' background knowledge regarding energy use.
There is a non-lab research-based option for the Inspire section.