Jeffrey Phillips
Dr. Jeffrey Phillips
Program Director & Assistant Professor, Hanover College
Hanover, IN
Dr. Phillips is the director of the engineering program at Hanover College in Indiana. Prior to joining Hanover's faculty, he worked for 30+ years in various roles in the energy industry. Dr. Phillips has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and BSME from Washington University. In addition to his professional work, he was elected to the Cabarrus County (NC) Board of Education, providing leadership to a school district serving 30,000 students, and served in that role from 2012 to 2016.
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  • PostedJune 25, 2017

    UpdatedJune 25, 2017

    Posted byJeffrey Phillips

    This lesson will help students learn about the various ways to generate electricity. They will learn about the pros and cons of each option. Then they will put their new knowledge to use by selecting what types of new power plants will be built in their "country". The teacher divides the class into six teams. Each team will be assigned different country with different local energy resources and different political leanings (the "countries" are roughly modeled after Germany, Hawaii, Japan, Arizona, Iceland and Brazil). Once they've made their selections the students will have to defend them in presentations to their peers. Besides learning about the various ways to generate electricity, the students will also discover that selecting the best power plant involves not only technology and economics but also values and politics. This is a multi-disciplinary lesson disguised as a science project!

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