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1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth...
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and...
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy...
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable
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1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.
1.2 The energy of a system or object that results in its temperature is called...
1.3 Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
1.4 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.
1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions involve transfer and transformation of...
1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.
1.8 Power is a measure of energy transfer rate.
2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.
2.2 Sunlight, gravitational potential, decay of radioactive isotopes, and...
2.3 Earth’s weather and climate are mostly driven by energy from the Sun.
2.4 Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth...
2.5 Movement of matter between reservoirs is driven by Earth’s sources of...
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately...
3.1 The Sun is the major source of energy for organisms and the ecosystems of...
3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living...
3.3 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
3.4 Energy flows through food webs in one direction, from producers to...
3.5 Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and...
3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through...
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful...
4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from...
4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.
4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.
4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different...
4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed,...
5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.
5.3 Energy decisions can be made using a systems-based approach.
5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.
5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.
5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.
6.1 Conservation of energy has two very different meanings.
6.2 One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.
6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.
6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by...
6.6 Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.
6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.
7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.
7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality...
7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.
7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than...
8.1 Sources of cellulosic residuals used are found in forest operations and in...
8.2 Transportation and logistic considerations shape cost and feasibility within...
8.3 Pretreatment processess makes sugars more available.
8.4 The conversion processess includes adding specific enzymes to make simple...
8.5 Fermentation processess use specialized yeasts to create isobutanol.
8.6 Liquid fuel can be produced from wood feedstocks.
8.7 Co-products in biofuel production use lignin in many ways.
8.8 Life cycle analysis take account of ecological factors that are in steps...
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Department of Energy publication detailing the amount of energy used and produced in 2013 across all sectors.
Associated Grade Levels: 7-89-1011-12Public
NASA site explaining the different greenhouse gasses and their effects on our planet. The explain that the IPCC stated humans within the last 250 years have above a 90% chance of causing some of the climate change.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-1011-12Public
A TED-Ed video lesson about the different sources of energy and how using these different resources can impact our daily lives.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12Public
Co-products of reducing the amount of CO2 include limiting the increase in the number of hot days, increasing health and providing better quality of living.
Teachers will find a progression of four lesson plans in this curriculum. These lessons focus on advanced biofuel projects from across the U.S. that are striving to meet goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability, while producing alternative fuels and co-products. These lessons are delivered with evidence based narrative material that will engage students in the stories surrounding these progressive biofuels projects.
There are two curricular threads that progress through the lessons. The first thread is the science content to build students’ knowledge of advanced biofuels. The second thread has students progress from deconstructing narrative material to constructing their own narrative in the final lesson.
Educational resources provided by Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Northwest
News and Information about Biofuel and Biomass Fuel Technology from AENews
A PBS website that offers an in-depth essential addition to America's energy debate. The videos are produced by Detroit Public Television and Scientific American.
Biofuels scavenger hunt, photosynthesis and vegetable oils as sources of biofuels, make your own biofuel with Dr. Pepper
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12
University of Wisconsin Madison Massive Open Online Course designed to highlight the impact of a changing climate while detailing how these effects are taking place and why.
Website with information, lessons and videos covering climate literacy and energy awareness.
Overview of the progress and goals for different teams within the NARA framework.
Associated Grade Levels: 11-12Public
The Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program was directed by the Washington State Legislature [3ESHB-2127, section 603 (8)] to conduct a study of densified biomass as a renewable fuel for heating homes, businesses and other facilities in our state. This report to Governor Chris Gregoire and the Legislature presents a summary of the WSU Energy Program’s densified biomass study findings.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-1011-12
Energy efficiency resources, including guides on heating and cooling, efficient lighting, window insulation, water conservation, solar energy, and more
This is a collaboration of the state energy office and UW-Extension. This site covers all realms of energy production and usage across the state of Wisconsin.
PBS compilation of energy resources including relevant videos, lesson plans, and grouped by grade level as well as educational standards.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-67-89-1011-12Public
A video comparing the energy between a rat, digested by a python, and a cupcake using scientific tools for analysis.
A comprehensive guide to energy literacy with lessons, assessments and student readings covering topics including the basics of energy through home energy usage and sustainable flight using biofuel from the Pacific Northwest, among others.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-8Public
Using innovative technology to adapt for LEED certifications that will allow a higher survival rate of birds.
Global Change is a research program that works to understand the impacts of climate change.
Frequently asked questions dealing with geothermal heat pumps. Topics range from Cost, Environmental benefits, to Installation.
A students guide to Global Climate Change. This EPA site helps kids explore and understand what is going on with climate change, what the impacts are, how to think like a scientist and how to be a part of the solution.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-10Public
Video about LED production and its implications for developing nations, produced by University of California.
Video introducing the inventor of LED technology and explaining the beginning of LED implementation because of its high efficiency values compared to tungsten bulbs.
Video explaining the process of LED technology and its benefits towards removing the amount of energy that needs to be produced.
Video explaining how LEDs have impacted society and the future of lighting technology in relation to more efficient methods such as lasers.
News and Information about Biofuels from National Geographic
News and Information about Biofuels from the New York Times
National Renewable Energy Laboratory surveyed 74 companies that reported they have commercial-scale biofuel production. This overview provides a link to the published survey results detailing the different types of biofuel and the capacity available.
An article addressing the processes related to the pretreatment of woody biomass to be used for biofuel, focusing on energy efficiency, technologies, and recalcitrance
A compilation of short quizzes with answers and resources for more material. Quizzes include but not limited to Soil moisture, The ocean, Frozen poles, Precipitation and the water cycle, and How's your energy level?
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which covers the importance of climate literacy and understanding what role the climate plays in our everyday life.
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which details energy literacy and how to best teach its concepts, this includes an energy quiz.
A study of three ice cores from Greenland documents the warming of the large ice sheet at the end of the last ice age – resolving a long-standing paradox over when that warming occurred.
Decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the governmental buildings includes using geothermal heat pumps. This method of using naturally occurring heating and cooling will help the U.S. government to reach it sustainability goals.
National Geographic article with video that highlights the first wood stove decathlon. Residential heating with wood has increased by nearly 40% in the last decade. This competition looks for particulate emissions and carbon monoxide. It also shows the amount of variability within design and materials for a wood stove.
National Geographic article and video covering how the United States has gone away from wood burning stoves for heat and how new technology can bring back the age old heating method. This story follows a University of Maryland team of students on their journey to a final product.