Driving or Multi-dimensional Question:
How can we—as Hydroelectric Engineering Consultants—propose whether or not electricity derived from water sources is a sustainable and safe way to transfer energy? What type of energy is created when you harness the force of water? Is water a sustainable energy source?
Students will take a deep dive into what energy is and how water is used as an energy source, and learn the history behind water usage here in Tennessee. Students will create a multi-media presentation explaining the importance of renewable energy derived from water sources, how energy is captured and transferred from the water to usable electricity and whether energy derived from water is sustainable and safe for the environment. Students will then present their information to the class.
6.ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
1) Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable resources by asking questions about their availability and sustainability.
2) Investigate and compare existing and developing technologies that utilize renewable and alternative energy resources.
6.LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
6) Research the ways in which an ecosystem has changed over time in response to changes in physical conditions, population balances, human interactions and natural catastrophes.
6.EE.B.6 Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.
ELA and Other Standards:
6.W.PDW.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
Created By: Brandi Stroecker
Grade Level or Subject: 6th Grade
Tennessee Academic Standards for Science Connection
Disciplinary Core Idea: Energy—Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Mechanisms and Explanation
21st Century Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Communication Skills
- Collaboration (Team Building)
- Creativity and Innovation
For more information on this lesson please see the Lesson Resources below
|Activities||Resources and Materials|
|Activity One||What Is Energy?||
Nova Video: What Is Energy?
KWL Organizer for Water:
Hydro Power Video:
|Activity Two||Hydro History in Tennessee||
Research a Dam:
Imagine a Career:
How Hydro Power Works:
History of Hydro in Tennessee:
|Activity Three||Effect of Volume on the Force of Water||
Hands-on Activity: Effect of Volume on the Force of Water
See Hydroelectric Energy Outline
|Activity Four||Your Water’s Health||Field Trip:
Arrange a field trip to a local river, stream or irrigation ditch. Or collect water samples from a local body of water in advance for students to analyze in class.
|Activity Five||Greenwashing Hydropower||
Article: Greenwashing Hydro Power
|Activity Six||Hydro Power Advantages and Disadvantages and Sustainability||Group Activity:
Using credible sources, students work in collaborative groups to create a comparison chart that lists the advantages and disadvantages of hydro power and address whether or not this energy source is sustainable.
|Activity Seven||Socratic Seminar||Question:
Do you think electricity derived from water sources is a sustainable and safe way to transfer energy?
|Activity Eight||Energy Career Mapping||
2. Have each student create a resume to be used to apply for a job in the career he/she has researched using a sample resume format of your choosing. Be sure they list the education requirements, skills, interests and types of tasks/projects their chosen career requires.
Possible Career List:
|Activities Nine & Ten||Capstone Presentation Activity||
Students will create a multi-media presentation explaining the importance of renewable energy derived from water sources, how energy is captured and transferred from the water to usable electricity and whether energy derived from water is sustainable and safe for the environment.
Students will present their information to the class.
How Much Water Do You Use?
Video: How Much Water Do You Use?
|Business Partner||Contribution to Learning Experience||Contact Information|
|Local Lake or River Resource Manager’s Office||Explain water quality and river/stream/lake health for hands-on activities. Arrange field trip for Day 4 activities||Local to school|
|TVA—Powered by People You Know||Select a relevant hydroelectric engineer or TVA employee to connect with.||https: //www.tva.com/Our-TVA-Story|
How can we, as Hydroelectric Engineering Consultants, propose whether or not deriving electricity from water sources is a sustainable way to transfer energy?
Students will create a multi-media presentation explaining how the importance of renewable energy derived from water sources, how energy is captured and transferred from the water to usable electricity, whether energy derived from water is sustainable and if it is safe for the environment. Students will present their information to the class.