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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Science, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 26 seconds, CC

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Solving the Storage Problem

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  • This brief video describes the challenges associated with balancing energy production and energy demands.
  • Students will learn about the daily variability in energy demands and see some of the ways that energy storage and renewable energy could help solve this problem.
Teaching Tips


  • The video is brief and informative, prompting students to think about ways to solve this problem.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the difference between renewable energy and non-renewable energy.


  • This video could be a starting point for discussing the recent improvements and innovations in renewable energy and battery technology, the development of wave action power devices and kinetic energy tiles, geothermal energy, and distributed energy production and storage.
  • Students could also examine improving the energy efficiency of devices and reducing energy waste as ways to lower the total amount of energy required.
  • Other resources related to this topic include En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator, CO2 Data Explorer, and How Renewables Work.
Scientist Notes
The resource is adequate for students to learn sustainable ways in energy production with smarter power grids. There are no contradictions in the output and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
    • 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.
    • PS3: Energy
      • MS-PS3-5 Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
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