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Topics Explored: Renewable versus Nonrenewable Energy Source, Natural Energy Resources, Generating Power with Wind Energy, Percent Change Calculations

This case study explores the potential of wind to provide abundant, affordable, renewable energy that has a much smaller overall impact on the environment than burning fossil fuels.    Answer key included.

Case Study: Wind Power (Teacher & Student Edition)

  • ZIP file containing 2 PDF files 
    (1 Teacher Edition and 1 Student Edition)

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
    HS-ESS1-1. Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation. 
    HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.

    AP® Environmental Science Learning Objectives:
    6.1 Identify differences between nonrenewable and renewable energy sources.
    6.4 Identify where natural energy resources occur.
    6.12 Describe the use of wind energy in power generation. Describe the effects of the use of wind energy in power generation on the environment.
    6.13 Describe methods for conserving energy.

    AP® Environmental Science Practices:
    Practice 1: Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format. 
    Practice 2: Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes. 
    Practice 3: Analyze sources of information about environmental issues.  
    Practice 4: Analyze research studies that test environmental principles.  
    Practice 5: Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs.
    Practice 6: Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts.
    Practice 7: Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems.

    IB® Environmental Systems Learning Objectives:  
    3.3.1 Outline the range of energy resources available to society.
    3.3.2 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of two contrasting energy sources.
    3.3.3 Discuss the factors that affect the choice of energy sources adopted by different societies.
    5.7.3 Describe and evaluate pollution management strategies for urban air pollution.
    5.8.4 Describe and evaluate pollution management strategies for acid deposition.
    7.1.6 Justify your personal viewpoint on environmental issues.


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