Geothermal Power Simulations

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Summary:Are geothermal power sources actually renewable? This activity has students building a geothermal power source and answering questions on renew-ability. Students will see different ways geothermal power is extracted, model forms of this power using a density can filled with hot gravel, and be able to argue for or against it being a true renewable source of energy.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-3; HS-PS3-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Stability and change; Structure and function
Subjects: energy; engineering; geoscience; geothermal; natural resources; renewable energy; rocks; water
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