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    Creating Biofuel and Mitigating Waste

    In this activity students make biodiesel from waste vegetable oil and develop a presentation based on their lab experience. Parts of the activity include creation of bio-diesel from clean vegetable ...

    Stabilization Wedges Game

    This is a team-based activity that teaches students about the scale of the greenhouse gas problem and the technologies that already exist which can dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Students ...

    Selecting Sites for Renewable Energy Projects

    In this activity, students use Google Earth to investigate a variety of renewable energy sources and select sites within the United States that would be appropriate for projects based on those ...

    Energy 101: Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

    This video, from the US Department of Energy, shows the basics of how a PV panel converts light radiated from the sun into usable power, whether on the electric grid or off, and without emissions or ...

    Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

    This video highlights the benefits of electric vehicles, including improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and lower maintenance costs.

    Evaluating woody biomass options for North Carolina's electricity future

    In this activity, students learn about the pros and cons of co-firing woody biomass fuels with coal to produce electricity.

    Fueling the future: Evaluating the sustainability of biofuels

    In this activity, students consider the impact and sustainability of use of different classes of biofuels on the economy, the environment, and society. Students also learn about bioelectricity and ...

    Solar Water Heater

    Student teams design and build solar water heating devices that mimic those used in residences to capture energy in the form of solar radiation and convert it to thermal energy. In this activity, ...

    Iowa: Corn and Climate

    This video reviews the benefits and drawbacks associated with growing corn to make ethanol.

    Geothermal: Taming the Fireball.

    This video is one of a series of videos from the Switch Energy project. It describes three types of geothermal sources -- rare ones in which high temperatures are naturally concentrated near the ...

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