In this Flipside Science unit, designed for a middle school audience, we'll explore environmental issues related to energy use and conservation. On this page you'll find short videos and associated lesson plans connected to the Next Generation Science Standards with an emphasis on human impacts on Earth's systems.
Videos in This Unit
Most energy in the U.S. is produced by fossil fuels...so what's the deal with them?
You can reduce your carbon footprint just by changing the way you get around!
Explore various innovative renewable energy technologies that could lead us to a brighter future.
Find out how a dairy farm is using a methane digester to turn cow poop into electricity.
Alternative energy sources are crucial for our future. But will nuclear fission be part of this future?
Did you know that sending emails, texts, and Snapchats requires energy? What's your digital energy footprint?
What is the difference between synthetic and natural materials? How are synthetic materials made?
How do we know that the climate is changing? Climate scientists will give you the inside scoop.
What's the difference between weather and climate? Learn how we know and why it's important.
Unit Lessons in Sequence
Students will practice distinguishing between correlation and causation within the context of climate change.
Challenge your students to design an efficient bus system for a fictitious town.
What factors and constraints do we have to consider when designing a renewable energy plan for a community?
In this lesson, students explore the benefits and drawbacks of nuclear energy to decide if it's worth the risk.
Download an overview of the course, complete with connections to the NGSS.
Your students can evaluate some of the energy technologies introduced in this unit, like geothermal and solar.
All units in this series focus on human impacts on Earth's systems.
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