Optimal and Sustainable: Renewable Energy Revamp

More than 100 cities around the world have shifted from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Scholars investigate a city wanting to make this switch, but needs help determining how to make the shift. Groups consider all options, costs, and benefits before presenting their ideas to the class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask groups to investigate cities using 100 percent renewable energy around the world
  • Discuss ways government policies encourage or discourage renewable energy options
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires pupils to complete a homework assignment before the lesson
  • The project is the sixth part of a 13-lesson series on Exploring Energy
Pros

  • Many different answers fit within the parameters of the project
  • Connects math, science, and language arts skills
  • Uses applied project-based learning strategies
Cons

  • None