Understanding and Measuring School Electronics

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Feel the power in turning off electronics. Using energy-monitoring devices, pupils find the amount of energy it takes to power a simple electronic when it is on and when it is off. They then calculate the cost for the entire year for the device based on the power usage.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Determine the cost to run the same device for the entire school
  • Brainstorm ways for pupils to conserve energy at school
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires at least six energy-monitoring devices and as many power-using equipment
  • Provides background information for the teacher on energy use and electricity
  • Includes links to outside resources for more information
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