Unit Plan: Understand E-Waste Through Battery Design

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will make connections to real world problem solving with e-waste.

2.Students will explore battery design and transfer of energy through hands on experiments with household items.

3.Students will evaluate and analyze problems with e-waste and research solutions.

4.Students will draw and label models to explain circuits demonstrating the movement of energy.

5.Students will be able to explain how the measured and compared batteries based on the knowledge learned about volts and using a voltmeter.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

In this lesson students will further explore their understanding of energy, electricity, and basic circuits. Students will begin their exploration of batteries by questioning where batteries end up when we are done using them, making connections to e-waste issues around the world. Utilizing their knowledge of energy, students will learn about... View full description >>

Engineering Clean Energy for Our Community

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours 50 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will define “clean energy” and explain at least 4 types of alternative energy sources

2.Students will compare local energy sources and national energy sources to potential energy sources being used or developed.

3.Students will experiment with wind energy, solar energy, and hydrogen fuel cell model vehicles to explore alternative fuel sources.

4.Students will measure voltage produced and record data in a table format.

5.Students will discuss pros and cons of the different types of energy.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

This lesson plan will engage students in a design process to power a motor using a variety of energy sources. Students will compare different clean energy sources to decide which energy source will complete their design goal. Students will experiment with wind power, solar cells, and hydrogen fuel cell models. Students will have multiple... View full description >>

Exploring Eco-Friendly Battery Design

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will explore methods to produce energy from everyday items such as potatoes, lemons, pennies, and cola.

2.Students will explore battery design and transfer of energy through hands on experiments with household items.

3.Students will measure voltage and experiment methods to increase voltage. 

4.Students will extend lessons to test out a variety of other materials such as varieties of fruits, vegetables, and sodas to compare different voltage produced. 

5.Students will collect and record data from all their experiments to compare the different voltage produced. 

6.Students will display data in charts or graphs to analyze the outcomes of their experiments. 

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

In this lesson students will experiment with everyday household items to make batteries.   Students will use lemons, potatoes, pennies, and cola to make batteries, and compare the amount of voltage produced.  These lessons can be expanded to test a variety of fruits as electrolytes with the electrodes being zinc and copper.  View full description >>

How might we design a battery that reduces e-waste? Phenomenon and Exploration

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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1.Students will learn about the phenomenon of e-waste through online resources to explore the history of electronics.

2.Students will ask questions and define problems involving the environmental impact of electronics and human impact.

3.Students will evaluate and obtain information about electronic waste from online resources such as news articles and videos.

4.Students will learn (or review) knowledge of circuits to design a model and explain how a circuit works.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

During this introduction lesson series students will explore the guiding phenomenon to understand e-waste and connect it to battery design. Students will utilize online resources to learn about problems from e-waste around the world and the environmental impact of electronic consumption. The focus will be for students to ask questions, define... View full description >>

Pittsburgh, PA -- Second Round Single-Day Workshop

Location:
Homestead, PA
Grade Level:
2-8

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Pittsburgh has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  CE co-planned with workshop with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to get a sense of how the initial workshop had impacted their curriculum and hands-on instruction.

This workshop was the second visit that CE has made to Pittsburgh as part of this cycle of funding from Arconic. Thus,... Read full project narrative >>

Seattle Out of School Time Educator Workshop

Location:
Seattle, WA
Grade Level:
K-8

On March 5 and 6, 18 Seattle OST educators, mostly from Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, participated in two 3.5 hour trainings with CE, focusing on how they can engage mostly k-5 club members in exploring energy, electricity and clean energy topics. Together they learned about energy context, focusing on industry needs for critical skills development aligned with the BGCA mission. They then explored electricity and circuitry through toy hacking and scaffolded solar architecture and community design activities that blend hands-on science and STEAM. On day 2, they learned about the... Read full project narrative >>

Pittsburgh, PA - Extended Two-Day Workshop

Location:
Homestead, PA
Grade Level:
K-12

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Pittsburgh has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  As it is the second round of delivery for this region, a focus on expanding the initial impact was made and the workshop was extended to two days.  CE co-planned with workshop with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to get a sense of how the initial workshop had impacted their curriculum and... Read full project narrative >>

Clark Public Utilities Renewable Energy Educator Workshop 2019

Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
4-12

On October 26, 2019, a diverse group of 16 educators from 5 districts in Clark County, WA came together to explore clean energy topics at Clark Public Utilities in Vancouver, WA. Educators spanned grade bands and subjects, with general studies, library science, English language design, and engineering educators joining more traditional science educators. Together, they learned about the state of renewable energy in Clark County and Washington through a presentation by Clark Public Utilities staff. Using best-practice science inquiry methods, they explored energy and electricity... Read full project narrative >>

New Haven Clean Energy Educator Workshop

Location:
North Haven, CT
Grade Level:
1-12
On October 2, 2019, 10 educators from southern and central Connecticut came together to explore clean energy topics at the Energize CT Center in North Haven. Together, they learned about Connecticut’s role in clean energy and advanced manufacturing, with a focus on offshore wind energy development in the Atlantic Ocean. They explored wind energy inquiry and engineering design as well as fundamentals of both energy and electricity. Educators represented 6 districts across Connecticut and grades from 1-12, as well as informal education. Each school left with a science kit allowing them to... Read full project narrative >>

Snohomish PUD Microgrid Education

Location:
Everett, WA
Grade Level:
PK-12
Technology Type:

This workshop, funded through BPA in partnership with Snohomish PUD, was an effort to reach teachers in the vicinity of the new Arlington Microgrid Project, completed by the utility in 2019. This microgrid is intended to serve as an educational tool for the surrounding area, having an educational center scheduled to be completed in 2020 to allow for site visits by the general public.  This two-day engagement took place on July 25 and 26, 2019, reaching 20 teachers from 14 different schools.

On day one, teachers focused primarily on acquiring content background, engaging in a series... Read full project narrative >>

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