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Electricity Maps

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

Global

Climate Impact by Area

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map displays visualized data about the production and consumption of energy for many parts of the world. 
  • Students can hover over many countries to explore the carbon intensity, low-carbon rate, renewable percentage, and the types of power produced and consumed for several time periods.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This map is easy to use and full of interesting and important data. 
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast energy production and consumption for many places around the globe. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable with percentages and reading maps and graphs. 
  • Students should have some background knowledge about the different types of energy and their benefits and drawbacks. 

Differentiation

  • This resource would work equally well in a science class working on energy or social studies class considering the differences between energy production and use in different parts of the world. 
  • Have students complete a Venn diagram for two different areas of the map and present their findings to the class. 
  • As an extension, have a class discussion about what students' big takeaways were and what their hopes are for the future of energy production in the map area they worked with. 
  • Have students compare this map of energy production and consumption with maps of renewable energy potential, where solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, or other forms of renewable energy are best suited. Then have them summarize their findings in a presentation, poster, or paper.
Scientist Notes
In order to better inform policy decisions on renewable energy, this map calculates the carbon intensity while simultaneously showing the level of electricity production and consumption in real time under a changing climate. It is advised to use this resource for teaching because the datasets are free of scientific inconsistencies.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.9-12 Use geospatial and related technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.11.9-12 Evaluate how economic globalization and the expanding use of scarce resources contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among countries.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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