The Energy Portfolio Management Game (or What's the Best Way to Generate Electricity?)
The Energy Portfolio Management Game (or What's the Best Way to Generate Electricity?)

PostedSunday, June 25, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Updated06/25/2017

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!

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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  • Posted Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:14 AM
    Energy Game
    I was searching for ideas about non-renewable energy that I will be teaching later in an Environmental Science class and I stumbled upon this resource. I read through the PPT and it looks very interesting. I am grateful for the layout and that the directions are included within each slide of the PPT. I am trying to follow NGSS teaching guides and it looks like this game will be a significant tool to be used as an assessment. Thank you.
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