Energy webquestx - sustainabilitylessons

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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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Name ________________________________

Date _________________________________

Period _______________________________

Energy

Webquest

Type in the following link:
http://www.cooltheworld.com/kidscarboncalculator.php


1.

C
alculate your carbon footprint

by answering the prompts in the calculator
.

What are your CO
2

emissions from travelling to and from school? ____________________________________

What are your CO
2

emiss
ions from home? _______________________________________________________

What are you
r

CO
2

emissions from going on vacation? ______________
_______________________________

List five things you could do to reduce your CO
2

emissions (your carbon footprint).

1.

_
___________________________________________________________________________________

2.

____________________________________________________________________________________

3.

____________________________________________________________________________________

4.

__
__________________________________________________________________________________

5.

____________________________________________________________________________________

Type in the following link:

www.energy.gov


2.

Click
on the purple map titled “How much do you spend?”

a.

Then, click on Colorado to determine how much each person spends on energy and record
below.

U.S. Average ________________________

Colorado ___________________________

What is Colorado ranked compared to
other states? __________________

3.

Now, click on a few other states and record below.

State





How much?






Rank

________________________


_________________________


___________________

________________________


_________________________


___________________

________________________


_________________________


___________________

4.

Now, go back to the home page and click on the yellow/blue map titled “How much do you use?”

Which state uses the least amount of energy per person? _____________
______________________
_______

Why do you think this particular state uses so little energy? _________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Which state uses the most amoun
t of energy per person? ___________________________________
_______

Why do you think this particular state uses so much energy? ________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________
___

What is the U.S. average? ___________________________

5.

Now, go back to the home page and put the cursor on the “Science & Innovation” tab. When the
dropdown menu appears, click on “Energy Sources”.

b.

Click on each of the subtopics (renewable energy, nucl
ear, electricity, fossil) and watch the
videos and/or look at the images/maps.

Write down
one thing

you learned from exploring
each of the

subtopics.

1.


________________________________________________________________________________


2.

_____________________
____________________________________________________________


3.

_________________________________________________________________________________


4.

_________________________________________________________________________________


Type in the following link:

www.smartgrid.gov



6.

Click on the orange panel that says “What is the Smart Grid?”

c.

Then click on the icon
labeled

“The Smart Grid”
,
watch the short video and read the
corresponding information.


What is a smart
grid? ________________________________________________________________________


What makes a grid “smart?” __________________________________________________________________


What are three advantages of having a smart grid over the old electrical grid?

1.

__
______________________________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________________________________


7.

Now click on t
he icon labeled “The Smart Home”, watch the short video, and read the
corresponding
information.


Explain how a home energy management system works. ____________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
______________________________


What makes an appliance “smart?” _____________________________________________________________


How can a smart grid be used during a blackout? __________________________________________________

_____________________________
_____________________________________________________________


8.

Now click on the icon labeled “Renewable Energy”, watch the short video, and read the
corresponding
information.


According to what you read, what is one reason why we do not use as much rene
wable energy as we could?

__________________________________________________________________________________________


How does geography play a role in the efficiency of the smart grid? ___________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________


9.

Now click on the icon labeled “Consumer Engagement”, watch the short video, and read the
corresponding
information.


Explain why electricity is more expensive dur
ing peak times? ________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________


How does a smart grid save you money on electricity? _____________________________________________

________
__________________________________________________________________________________


10.

Now click on the icon labeled “Plug
-
in Electric Vehicles”, watch the short video, and read the
corresponding information.


What are the pros and cons of plug
-
in electric v
ehicles? ____________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________


How does the smart grid and plug
-
in electric vehicles interact with one another? ________________________

_____
_____________________________________________________________________________________

Type in the following link:
www.fueleconomy.gov


11.

Click on the “Benefits” tab, then click on “why is fuel economy important?”
in the drop down menu


List the four reasons why fuel economy is important.

1.

______________________________________________________________

2.

______________________________________________________________

3.

______________________________________________________________

4.

______________________________________________________________

12.

Now click on “save money” on the sidebar.

Calculate fuel costs for a Chevy Suburban which averages
18

mpg. _______________________
___________

Now calculate fuel costs for a Toyota Prius which averages 55 mpg. _________________________________

How much money do you save per year by driving the Prius? ______________________________________

How much money would you save over a five year

span? _________________________________________

Besides saving money, what are other reasons for having better fuel economy in our vehicles? _____________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

_________
_________________________________________________________________________________

13.

Click on the “Advanced Vehicles & Fuels” tab, then click on “Hybrids” in the dropdown menu

Expla
in how a hybrid car works.
___________________________________________
________
_______________________________________
_______________________________________
_______________
____________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________

14.

Now click on
“About Plug
-
in Hybrids”

under the title
“Plug
-
in Hybrids” and
“About Electrics” under
the title
“Electric Vehicles” in the drop down menu.

What is the difference between the gas mileage of an electric vehicle versus a gas powered vehicle?

_______________________________________
___________________________________________________

List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of owning electric/plug
-
in vehicles.




Advantages







Disadvantages

1.

_________________________________



___________________________________

2.

_______________________
__________



___________________________________

3.

_________________________________



___________________________________


Draw a triple Venn diagram comparing and contrasting hybrids, plug
-
in hybrids, and electric vehicles.








15.

Now click on
“Biodiesel” under the
“Diesels”
title
in the dropdown menu.


List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of biodiesel compared to petroleum
-
based diesel fuel.




Advantages







Disadvantages

1.

_________________________________



___________________________________

2.

_________________________________



___________________________________

3.

_________________________________



___________________________________

16.

Now click on “fuel cell vehicles” in the dropdown menu, then click on “fuel
cell vehicles” on the
sidebar.

Look at the diagram of a fuel cell car. What are the five main parts? __________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

How are these parts differen
t than those of a traditional vehicle with an internal combustion engine? _______

__________________________________________________________________________________________

17.

Now click on “how
fuel cells

work”
on the sidebar
.

Explain, in detail, how a fuel c
ell works to
power a car
. _________________________________________
____

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Draw a diagram of a fuel cell, label the parts, and show how it powers a circuit.




18.

Now click on “Benefits and Challenges” on the sidebar.

List 3
benefits

and 3
challenges

of
using fuel cells in transportation.




Benefits







Challenges

1.

_________________________________



___________________________________

2.

__________________________
_______



___________________________________

3.

_________________________________



___________________________________

19.

Now click on “Alternative Fuels” in the dropdown menu.

List the five main alternative fuels.

1.

______________________________________

2.

__
____________________________________

3.

______________________________________

4.

______________________________________

5.

______________________________________

20.

Now click on each of the five alternative fuels on the sidebar (or click the hyperlinks on the page).

What is ethanol? ____________________________________________________________________________

How is it used to power a car? _________________________________________________________________

List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of
ethanol

compared to petr
oleum
-
based fuel.




Advantages







Disadvantages

1.

_________________________________



___________________________________

2.

_________________________________



___________________________________

3.

_________________________________



___________________________________

What is natural gas? _________________________________________________________________________

How is it used to power a car? _________________________________________________________________

List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of
natural gas

compared to petroleum
-
based fuel.




Advantages







Disadvantages

1.

_________________________________



___________________________________

2.

_________________________________



___________________________
________

3.

_________________________________



___________________________________

What is propane? ___________________________________________________________________________

How is it used to power a car? ___________________________________________________
______________

List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of
propane

compared to petroleum
-
based fuel.




Advantages







Disadvantages

1.

_________________________________



___________________________________

2.

_________________________________



________________
___________________

3.

_________________________________



___________________________________

What is hydrogen
? __________________________________________________________________________

How is it used to power a car? ________________________________________
_________________________

List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of
hydrogen

compared to petroleum
-
based fuel.




Advantages







Disadvantages

1.

_________________________________



___________________________________

2.

_________________________________



____
_______________________________

3.

_________________________________



___________________________________

Conclusion:
From everything you learned from searching these websites, write a summary of your learning.
Describe what you learned, steps you might tak
e to burn less fossil fuels, why we need to stop burning fossil
fuels,

and how this may affect your life in the future.

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