Lane Seeley - Seattle Pacific University, Karin Kirk - SERC, CLEAN Community Collection
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6.6 Behavior and design.
6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.
3.2 Food is a biofuel.
3.4 Energy flows through food webs.
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- This activity done with various degrees of scaffolding. Students can either follow the step-by-step activity or activity can be left open-ended for students to explore a range of answers.
- Another extension to this activity would be a discussion about energy use and climate change in different societies with different eating habits.
- Students with limited quantitative skills or Excel knowledge could be paired with experienced students.
About the Science
- Students explore the embedded energy in various types of foods.
- Students calculate the amount of energy per gram of protein in common foods to find the most efficient meal.
- The calculation of embedded energy is provided for the students.
- A lot of good background and reference material is provided with the activity.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- This activity provides students with a jumping-off point to do various calculations regarding the energy required to produce various foods.
- This is a very engaging activity with multiple good extension suggestions and lots of hooks for interesting discussions personal energy use and the relevance of energy in our lives.
- This activity develops students' reflective thinking skills and critical thinking via the use of concept maps.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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