Global Energy Flows

High School
Undergraduate
Nonformal
Stand-Alone Activity

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.

Preview Instructor Guide
Subjects
Biology
Earth Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Physics
Topics
Carbon Cycle & Climate Change
Concepts/Skills
Forms of Energy, Energy Transformations, Data Analysis & Interpretation
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
Time Required
One or two 50-minute class periods
Required Supplies
No extra supplies required