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Wind - Affordable if not unaffordable

Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute

This video is one of a series of videos produced by the Switch Energy project. It presents the pros and cons of wind power, such as where to build, affordability, efficiency, transmission.

Video length is 2:37 min.

Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Students could weigh the pros and cons of wind farming then propose a site to build wind farms.
  • Other considerations for discussion include social, environmental, economic, policy, noise, ecological impacts, etc.

About the Science

  • Building wind turbines is one option to generate power from wind energy. There are challenges of siting, transmission, conversion, and backup generators that play into consideration of the use of wind turbines as a sustainable means of capturing wind energy.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This video are appropriate only for introductory material. Although the speakers and their institutions are clearly identified, statistics and quantifiable statements are not backed up with citations.

About the Pedagogy

  • This website has great potential for research projects for students.
  • Lesson plans are not currently available but the project website projects their availability during late 2013.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • High-definition video suitable for desktops and large screens.
  • Available on Vimeo.
  • No transcript or closed captioning available.
  • Teachers must create an account to access resources from this organization. Membership is free and the only information that needs to be provided is name, email, and a password.

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