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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 58 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus



YouTube Video

How We Can Tap Into an Unlimited Supply of Geothermal Energy

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  • This video proposes geothermal energy as a renewable energy source for many locations. 
  • Students learn about geothermal energy, its potential, and how it works.
Teaching Tips


  • The accompanying text highlights important facts in the video.
  • It emphasizes the variety of renewable energy options.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before the video.
  • Students should be familiar with the geology of the Earth.


  • Teachers could use this video to further explain Earth’s core to 6-8th graders.
  • Teachers could ask 9-12th graders to compare and contrast fracking and the harvesting of geothermal energy.
  • Click here and here for resources on geothermal energy.
  • Click here for an e-book on renewable energy sources.
  • Check out this StC lesson plan on renewable energy sources around the world.
Scientist Notes
The resource introduces a new technique for geothermal energy production. It gives a premise on the need to scale up production to support a carbon-neutral world. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • PS3: Energy
      • MS-PS3-4 Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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