Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute
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7.3 Environmental quality.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
5.6 Environmental factors.
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- Consider using the Switch Energy website to have students do a research project on the pros and cons of different types of energy sources. Then, as a class they can create an energy portfolio.
- This video clip could encourage student researching other energy sources and comparing / contrasting their pros and cons. This could be followed by http://needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/interactive/our-energy-system/ - to see how the U.S. uses energy and where nuclear power falls on the scale.
- Another great CLEAN resource is the activity called the Great Energy Debate found at http://www.need.org/needpdf/Great20Energy20Debate20Game.pdf
About the Science
- Nuclear energy generates about 20 percent of the electricity in the U.S., about 80 percent in France, and a smaller amount in most other developed countries, with zero CO2 emissions. Because nuclear energy is so much more powerful than any other energy source, its capacity to generate electricity is huge. But containment and treatment and disposal of spent fuel presents significant cost and public safety issues.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Future lessons to accompany these videos are planned for this website.
- Several other video clips on nuclear energy are provided along with this clip from the Switch Energy project that could aid an educator implementing this in segments into their classrooms.
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