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Oil: The Economic Gas Pedal

Switch Energy Project

This introductory video addresses key points as well as pros and cons of oil as an energy source for transportation.

Video length is 2:54 min.

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ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Consider using the Switch Energy Project 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 could also be complemented by other CLEAN resources found here https://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/examples/energy.html, with which students investigate the amount of oil the U.S. consumes.

About the Science

  • Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas, narrates the documentary.
  • Video is one of many videos and resources from the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort designed to build a balanced national understanding of energy.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • A dozen other video clips in the Switch Energy Project complement this clip and offer further explanation on the topic of oil and the economy.
  • Educational resources are available on the Switch Energy Project website http://www.switchenergyproject.com/education/.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • High definition on both desktop viewing and large screen.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

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.

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