What Are Our Energy Choices?

Explore the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable and non-renewable sources to generate electricity.

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Electricity generation is faced with a growing number of challenges. Energy sources used to generate electricity need to be available, plentiful and energy-dense while not polluting the air, water or land, and minimizing habitat disruptions.

Throughout this module, you will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity and consider the question: what sources will generate our electricity in the future? You will focus on the process of extracting natural gas from shale formations through hydraulic fracturing and run experiments with computational models to investigate how gas is extracted. You will evaluate other energy resources and consider how changes in energy use by individuals are an important part of understanding electricity supply and demand. By the end of the module you will be able to compare the costs and benefits of different sources used for generating electricity.

This module contains five activities, each approximately 45 minutes long.

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► NGSS

► NSES Standards

► AAAS (2008) Standards

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Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. What Are Our Energy Choices?. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2014, June 30.</a>

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What Are Our Energy Choices? (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, June 30), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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What Are Our Energy Choices? (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, June 30), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

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What Are Our Energy Choices?. (2014, June 30). Retrieved 2017, June 25, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 30 and above), Safari (versions 7 and above), Firefox (version 30 and above), Internet Explorer (version 10 or higher), and Microsoft's Edge.

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High-Adventure ScienceThis resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's High-Adventure Science project.

Grade Level
Middle School, High School, Higher Education
Subject
Earth and Space Science
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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