Renewable Energy Living Lab: The Bright Idea

In this activity, students play the role of energy consultants to a CEO, assessing and documenting the feasibility, cost, and environmental impact of installing solar power on 4 company facilities with the same design but in different geographical locations.

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Mike Mooney
Minal Parekh
Scott Schankweiler
Jessica Noffsinger
Karen Johnson
Jonathan Knudtsen
University of Colorado; Colorado School of Mines

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator should become familiar with the mapping tool before using the activity with students.

If educators wanted to make the activity more challenging or more open-ended, the mapping tool could be used for a variety of questions to evaluate the feasibility of renewable energy sources in different locations.

Educator should preview the worksheet prior to use.

If students do not conduct the related activity [link 'Exploring Regional and Local Resources'] prior to this activity, educator may need to spend a little extra time demonstrating how to navigate the the living lab interface tools and make data queries.