Science Safari: Energy Resources
Recommended Age Groups: Later Elementary, Middle School
How does science impact energy resources and
- Science is the key in finding energy resources.
- Energy is needed because it is a source of power.
- Scientific knowledge is often a tool for people whose work concerns the
production and application of energy sources.
- Scientific methods and technology are often key to the
production and use of power or energy.
- Science knowledge and methods have a profound impact on energy production
- Technological advances have made an impact on power production and use.
- We can see impact of science on energy in our homes: furnaces, electrical
fixtures, and appliances.
- Identifying community resources related to energy and power production
- Contacting and arranging field trips to places like power plants, gas
stations, and furnace repair and installation companies.
- Interviewing and note-taking skills.
- Preparing and giving oral presentations.
- Telephone book Yellow or Business Pages
- Notepads, pencil or pen
- Calendar for scheduling field trips or visits
- Posterboard or scrapbook
- Markers, tape, glue, scissors
- Optional: camera and film, video camera
- Thank-you cards or stationery, stamps
- Optional: overhead projection transparencies or PowerPoint and computer
- Field-trip permission forms and arrangements
Students need access to telephone book and telephone to identify and
contact community energy resources. Students need space to put together
their presentation, scrapbooks, or posters.
Some field trip sites will require more supervision than others.
Procedures and Activity
- Ask, "How does science impact energy resources we use every day?"
- Go over kinds of energy and applications we see at home and in the
community. Ideas include electric and nuclear power plants, natural gas
plants and service stations, gas stations, furnaces and air conditioners
at home, and natural or propane gas appliances and dealers.
- Today, plan an "energy safari" into our community to
learn about the roles science and technology have in power industry and
our daily lives.
- Have students work in pairs or small groups.
- Have students pick a topic they want to learn more about that is related
to energy and power companies, tools, and careers.
- Pairs or groups think about and write down questions they want to get
answers for related to their topic.
- Students think about whom they know that could provide them information.
Also, use telephone book and Yellow Pages to identify community resources.
Role play how to call resource, introduce self and project, and arrange
- Given appropriate scheduling and transportation information, students
arrange for and make visits. Be sure students were prepared with
questions to ask, cameras for photos, etc.
- Students organize information, photos, illustrations, video, or other
graphics into a presentation. May use a poster, scrapbook, projection or
- Students make oral presentations.
- Be sure students write and mail thank-you notes to people they interviewed
Closing - Original Question
Review and discuss, "How does science impact energy resources
and industries?" after all presentations have been made.
You may evaluate students' knowledge of how science impacts energy and
power while they make their presentations. You may ask students to pick
someone else's presentation and prepare a summary of the impact of science
- Examine places the class visited and people interviewed. Look for similar
scientific methods and technologies used across fields. Share how methods
and technologies can often be adapted for different uses.
- Have students research a particular technology or scientific method.
Find out about the inventor, scientist, or entrepreneur. Examine the
concept of "technology transfer" or how technology can be adapted and
modified for different purposes and applications.
- Encourage students to be inventors by designing their own appliance or
energy technology. Students should be as "high-tech" and "futuristic" as
they can. They may illustrate or develop a prototype model.
Careers Related to the Lesson Topic
- Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning - Installation, Repair
- Electric and Natural Gas Appliance Design, Sales, Repair
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Gas Station Owner/Operator
- Nuclear Engineering
- Power Plant Management
- Utility Repair
- Resources that produces power.
- An expedition or journey.
- The state of knowing or having knowledge; a system or method to understand something.
- Scientific method and tools to accomplish a task.
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Last revised 23 Jan 05