The Big Energy Gamble

Students conduct an energy audit to determine how much carbon dioxide their family is releasing into the atmosphere and then make recommendations for minimizing their family's carbon footprint. Students are specifically asked to understand the units of power and energy to determine the cost of running various household appliances. Finding the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for different types of energy and determining ways of reducing carbon dioxide output is the outcome of the lesson.

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Jeff Lockwood
NOVA Teachers
Activity takes 2-3 class periods. Technology to show a video is necessary.

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Activity is well organized and laid out, better than black box online calculators.

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