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Decision Making for Renewables

Secondary

Description

Using materials provided by the resource, students research and discuss the challenges and benefits of moving away from fossils fuels to a clean, renewable energy economy.  Students then participate in a simulation in which they take on the roles of  employees of a fictitious natural gas company intending to develop a large scale solar operation. In their new roles with the company, students work together to design an energy transition plan that they will present at a public meeting for community stakeholders.  In the presentation students will attempt to highlight a range of opportunities their energy transition plan will provide while at the same time addressing concerns some of the groups in attendance might have.  The activity concludes with students reflecting on what they have learned about energy transition, sustainable development and reaching consensus.

In addition to the information students will need for the role play, teaching notes, suggestions for assessment and ideas for extending the learning are included.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • analyzing information
  • consensus building
  • preparing and presenting information

Strengths

  • the resource provides students and teachers with the necessary tools and information to complete the activity
  • the information provided is current and up-to-date.
  • the simulation is well designed, well supported and addresses an important issue

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This activity should be of interest to science, social studies and geography teachers and will support discussions on energy, climate, sustainable development and civic engagement.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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        • Social Studies 10-4 (Living in a Globalizing World) Globalisation and Sustainable Prosperity
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        • World Geography 30: World Patterns of Humankind's Use of the Earth
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        • Science 30: : Energy and the Environment
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Themes Addressed

Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

  • Climate Change

Economics (1)

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Energy (3)

  • Alternative Energy
  • Energy Generation
  • Energy Use