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Smart Power Grid
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nsn11.sci.engin.systems.smartgrid/

WGBH Educational Foundation NOVA scienceNOW, Teachers' Domain

This video segment, adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, addresses how new technology can help monitor and modernize the infrastructure of the U.S. power grid, which is ill-equipped to handle our increasing demand for electricity. Video provides a great overview of how electricity is generated and how the grid works.

Video length: 5:05 minutes.

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Energy Literacy

Economic security is impacted by energy choices.
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7.1 Economic security.
Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from system to system.
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1.4 Energy quality degrades over time.
Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Electricity is usually generated in one of two ways.
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4.5 Electricity generation.
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
Human demand for energy is increasing.
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6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
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6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Video could be used in a discussion of how both non-renewable and renewable energy sources can feed into a "smart" grid.

About the Science

  • Video shows how new technology is creating a "smart" grid that allows utility companies to monitor power needs and respond quickly to distribute it more efficiently, prevent outages, or repair problems.
  • Comment from expert scientist: This is a very good resource to explain in general how a smart grid can work to Gr 6-12 students.

About the Pedagogy

  • Background essay, discussion questions, and a link to standards are included.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Closed-captioned text available.
  • Picture quality somewhat degraded when on full screen.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 5

HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.

HS-ETS1.A2:Humanity faces major global challenges today, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food or for energy sources that minimize pollution, which can be addressed through engineering. These global challenges also may have manifestations in local communities

HS-PS3.A2:At the macroscopic scale, energy manifests itself in multiple ways, such as in motion, sound, light, and thermal energy.

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.D1:Although energy cannot be destroyed, it can be converted to less useful forms—for example, to thermal energy in the surrounding environment.


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