Geothermal Technologies Program, US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts
About Teaching Climate Literacy
1.2 Thermal energy.
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
2.2 Sources of energy on Earth.
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- The educator should point out that geothermal power plants use many of the same components as more conventional power plants, including turbines, generators, transformers, and other standard power-generating equipment.
- A related website from Google Earth on Enhanced Geothermal provides a way of viewing locations that are favorable to geothermal generation: http://www.google.org/egs/
About the Science
- A simple animation that shows a geothermal well, turbine, generator, and transmission.
- Explanatory text is below each segment of the animation.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- This animation is introductory material and not a comprehensive coverage of the topic.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Animation supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
MS-PS3.B3:Energy is spontaneously transferred out of hotter regions or objects and into colder ones.
Cross Cutting Concepts: 4
MS-C5.2: Within a natural or designed system, the transfer of energy drives the motion and/or cycling of matter.
MS-C5.3:Energy may take different forms (e.g. energy in fields, thermal energy, energy of motion).
MS-C5.4:The transfer of energy can be tracked as energy flows through a designed or natural system.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
HS-PS3.B2:Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transported from one place to another and transferred between systems
HS-PS3.B4:The availability of energy limits what can occur in any system.
HS-PS3.D1:Although energy cannot be destroyed, it can be converted to less useful forms—for example, to thermal energy in the surrounding environment.
Cross Cutting Concepts: 3
HS-C5.2:Changes of energy and matter in a system can be described in terms of energy and matter flows into, out of, and within that system.
HS-C5.3:Energy cannot be created or destroyed—only moves between one place and another place, between objects and/or fields, or between systems.