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Video length: 5:05 minutes.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas
About Teaching Climate Literacy
7.1 Economic security.
1.4 Energy quality degrades over time.
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.5 Electricity generation.
6.2 Conserving energy.
6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.
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- Video could be used in a discussion of how both non-renewable and renewable energy sources can feed into a "smart" grid.
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- 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.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
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.
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.