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Smart Power Grid

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

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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
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6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
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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.

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