Global Energy Flows

Global Energy Flows

Students analyze data detailing global energy sources and sinks (uses) and construct a diagram to show the relative scale and the connections between them. Discussions of scale, historical, socio-environmental and geographic variation in this data and implications for future energy use are included.

Grade Level High School through Undergraduate (9-16); Nonformal learning
Subjects Biology, Physical Science, Engineering
Resource Type Stand-Alone Activity
Concepts/Skills forms of energy, energy transformations, data analysis and interpretation
Time Required One to two 50-minute class periods
Prior Knowledge Familiarity with renewable and non-renewable energy sources, basic physics concepts related to the transformation of energy and matter, and familiarity with the joule (J) as a unit of energy
Required Supplies Activity package
Preview
 
Download Global Energy Flows Package (.zip, 8.7MB)
Includes: Teacher Instructions and Answer Key, Student Pages, Global Energy Flow Graph Slide Set, IPCC Chapter 4, Energy Consumption by Source Raw Data.