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FRee Energy Data (FRED)

FRED Free Energy Data

This interactive visualization created by FRED (Free Energy Data), displays energy supply (by source) and demand (by use) for each state in the US from 1960 to 2010; forecasts through 2035 are available as well.

FRED is an open platform to help state and local governments, energy planners and policy-makers, private industry, and others to effectively visualize, analyze, and compare energy-use data to make better energy decisions and form sustainable strategies.

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High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 2 Science and Engineering Practices

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • There are no teaching materials provided, so educator needs to build the context around this resource.

About the Science

  • This resource compiles and displays data related to energy use and demand for each state over the last 50 years. Users can view how energy supply and/or demand has changed over time and can quickly and easily make comparisons between different states.
  • Detailed data sources are provided.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Students can access the different graphs related to the energy ecosystem for their own state. However, other than viewing the graphs and manipulating the timeline, there is not much else to do.
  • User's guide provides supplementary information about using this visualization and its features.
  • No useful background information provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Graphs may be slow to load.
  • Great tool and visual

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Static Visualization supports:

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.

HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 1

Systems and System Models

HS-C4.3:Models (e.g., physical, mathematical, computer models) can be used to simulate systems and interactions—including energy, matter, and information flows—within and between systems at different scales.

Science and Engineering Practices: 2

Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data

HS-P2.6:Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems.

HS-P4.1:Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (e.g., computational, mathematical) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.

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