Optimize! Cleaner Energy Options for Rural China

What are the trade-offs when looking to get the most benefit from an energy source? Small groups compare the cost-to-emission levels of several energy sources by looking at the information graphically. The groups utilize this information to optimize energy sources to meet the needs in rural China. The class then compares the groups' solutions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide background information for each of the energy sources
  • Have the class research the energy concerns in rural China
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity presumes classes have previous knowledge of scatter plots
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