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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts
1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions.
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.5 Electricity generation.
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- Students can explore this animation on their own and then convene to discuss this technology.
About the Science
- There is a link to webpages with additional information.
- Does not address the important issue of how the hydrogen is generated.
- Comments from expert scientist: This animation is clear and concise. The fundamentals and chemistry of a proton exchange membrane in a hydrogen fuel cell are clearly demonstrated. This animation is a very good demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell, but the content is limited.
About the Pedagogy
- Animation illustrates what the components of a fuel cell are, the basic electro-chemistry of how it works, and applications of fuel cell stacks.
- There are a number of engaging ways to review the animation.
- Students can work through the animation and click on labels at their own pace.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Easy to use. Learner can click on any part of the animation to review content.
- The explanations provided with the animation are text-intensive.
- There is a text and image version of this animation that could be printed: http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-animation-text-version
- The image quality in this animation is suitable for expansion in a web browser and for projection in a classroom.
- Will not work on an iPad; you must have a Flash plug-in.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Animation supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2
MS-PS1.B3:Some chemical reactions release energy, others store energy.
MS-PS3.A:Definitions of Energy
Cross Cutting Concepts: 2
MS-C4.2: Models can be used to represent systems and their interactions—such as inputs, processes and outputs—and energy, matter, and information flows within systems.
MS-C5: Energy and Matter
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
HS-PS1.A3:The structure and interactions of matter at the bulk scale are determined by electrical forces within and between atoms.
HS-PS1.A4:A stable molecule has less energy than the same set of atoms separated; one must provide at least this energy in order to take the molecule apart.
HS-PS1.B3:The fact that atoms are conserved, together with knowledge of the chemical properties of the elements involved, can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions.