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Authors

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point K-12 Energy Education Program

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Engineering, Career Skills

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation Slides
  • Worksheets
  • Videos, 6 minutes, 13 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Articles and Websites
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

Careers in Energy Auditing/Home Performance

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Synopsis
  • This lesson introduces students to a career as an energy auditor or home performance consultant and gives students the chance to explore other careers in green energy.
  • Students will watch a video interviewing some home performance consultants and explore an interactive career map to get an idea of just how many careers there are in green energy.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The career map is a great way for students to independently explore careers in energy that may be of interest to them.
  • The included student worksheet makes it easier for students to stay engaged with the video in the slide deck.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concepts of greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide, the effect that carbon emissions have on our environment, and the greenhouse effect.
  • The "Reading Utility Meters" link on slide 11 is a broken link.
  • The video linked on slides 8 and 9 is the same as the video that is on slide 7.

Differentiation

  • To enable subtitles for English language learners, videos within the slide deck need to be made full screen.
  • Students can explore the Green Buildings Careers Map, then choose a career to look into and report back to the rest of the class.
  • Students can choose a career from the careers map and find programs/education for this career in their area. Students can also explore locally to find home performance consultants and energy auditors in their area.
  • Students in language arts classes can practice propaganda/persuasive writing by creating advertisements convincing people to hire an energy auditor or home performance consultant to come to their home.
  • Students in social studies classes can discuss the political and economic implications of the goal made by the governor to use completely carbon-free energy in Wisconsin by 2050.
  • Science classes can use this slide deck in units talking about the carbon cycle, carbon emissions, and clean energy.
  • Guidance classes can use this slide deck to introduce students to careers in energy when leading students through career-planning.
  • Students can discuss the kinds of things that would make a home more or less energy efficient. These can be ideas mentioned in the video or from students' background knowledge.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) introduces students to energy auditing and home performance consultation as a career that could not only provide income into the future, but also help Wisconsin meet its clean energy goals. The resource includes a slideshow, a student handout and a short video filled with interviews of energy auditors and footage of them on the job. The video particularly does a great job of showing how rewarding this career can be, as energy auditors help homeowners save money and help the state reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. The student sheet includes a number of thought provoking questions and the slideshow is filled with links to help interested students learn more about a clean energy career. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.13.6-8 Analyze the purposes, implementation, and consequences of public policies in multiple settings.
      • D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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