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About Teaching Climate Literacy
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.2 Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
4.4 Humans transport energy.
4.5 Electricity generation.
4.6 Humans store energy.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
6.2 Conserving energy.
6.4 Earth has finite energy resources.
Human use of energy.
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- Educators will want to tie this video into a discussion about the changing mix of energy sources in the US.
About the Science
- Video characterizes hydrogen as an energy source, but it can also be described as an energy store/carrier.
- Good explanation of how electricity is produced by using different methods and fuel sources.
- Comments from expert scientist: A good overview with strong visuals. Corrections: 1) Hydrogen is not an energy source. It is an energy currency. 2) Better to use the term wind turbines not wind-mills. 3) Pictures of solar thermal were shown while discussing PV. 4) Mention is made of bird kills by windmills. Should also mention that house cats etc kill many more birds. would be nice to mention linkage between pop growth and energy demand.
About the Pedagogy
- Background essay and discussion questions are available on the webpage.
- This is mostly a "just the facts" kind of presentation, with few opportunities for substantive inquiry or discussion. The provided questions assess only comprehension of the video content.
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