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This project was designed for middle school students as part of a study on energy. We wanted students to understand the issues around energy and some of the benefits/problems related to alternative energies. Learners will be in heterogeneous groups selected by the teacher. Students will be involved in a variety of tasks which include searching the Internet for information, conducting energy audits, contacting NREL scientists, using NREL's databases and communicating with other students. They will do group evaluations and keep daily logs of work accomplished.
Seventh Grade Science:
Monarch K-8, Louisville, Colorado- The Sun as a Reliable Source of Energy for Housing Developments
Scott Carpenter Middle School, Westminster, Colorado - Investigating Solar Energy
Eighth Grade Science:
Powell Middle School, Littleton, Colorado - Energy Sources for the Future and Geographical Options
Highly Gifted and Talented Magnet School-Baker Middle School, Denver, Colorado - Solar Energy as a Viable Energy Source
Authors: Sue Emmons, Powell Middle School, Littleton, CO; Kevin Lindauer, John F. Kennedy High School, Denver, CO; Linda Lung, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO; John Sepich, Scott Carpenter Middle School, Westminster, CO; ; Janet Stellema, Monarch K-8, Louisville, CO.