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Solar House
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/wnet08.sci.phys.energy.wnetsolar/

Thirteen/WNET.org , Teachers' Domain

This video segment from What's Up in the Environment shares how an entire home can be constructed using green energy sources (solar and geothermal energy). Video is narrated by young boy whose father is the chief engineer on the project.

Video length: 3:58 minutes.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
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Energy Literacy

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.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
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6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.
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Human use of energy.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Energy from the sun (and the wind and water energy derived from it) is available indefinitely. Because the transfer of energy from these resources is weak and variable, systems are needed to collect and concentrate the energy.
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Decisions to slow the depletion of energy resources can be made at many levels, from personal to national, and they always involve trade-offs involving economic costs and social values.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

About the Science

  • This video provides an avenue for students to witness from a 13-year-old how he and his family are taking actions to reduce energy consumption in their own home. It explains how a net-zeo home works and includes information about energy efficiency in the home.
  • Comments from expert scientist: They mentioned their ability to reduce their energy use by 50%, which is important. In my experience, most homeowners can do this.

About the Pedagogy

  • Background information, discussion questions, and a printed transcript accompany the video segment.
  • Additional links to learn more about energy are provided in the background information.
  • Students may relate to the age of the student narrating the video and might be encouraged to discuss with their parents how they can make changes in their own homes.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • When viewing online, the full-screen mode is pixilated.

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