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Innovative investigations of energy issues with instructional and geospatial technologies

This session is part of the North American Association of Environmental Education's 2010 annual conference.

Building: Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center (BNCC), Room: 101-G

Authors:
*Tamara Peffer (Lehigh University)
Alec Bodzin (Lehigh University)
Violet Kulo (Lehigh University)
Ryan McKeon (Lehigh University)
David Anastasio (Lehigh University)
Dork Sahagian (Lehigh University)
Summary:
The Environmental Literacy and Inquiry curriculum (www.ei.lehigh.edu/eli) engages middle school students in investigations about environmental issues, using instructional and geospatial information technologies. Participate in engaging activities that promote student energy literacy.

Environmental Literacy and Inquiry (ELI) is an environmental science curriculum that examines complex environmental issues including: Energy and Land Use Changes ( http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/eli ). The ELI Energy module blends inquiry laboratories, Web-based inquiry, and geospatial learning technologies to expand students’ awareness, knowledge, and problem-solving skills of important energy issues. Topics investigated include: sustainable and non-renewable sources, electricity, consumption patterns, and conservation. The learning materials instruct students along the EE continuum toward environmental literacy by linking issues awareness, scientific knowledge, problem-solving skills, and spatial understandings of environmental phenomenon to economic, geographic and political factors. This session will explore the following ELI learning activities:
* Exploring Solar Power Plants with Google Earth takes students on a virtual tour of solar power plants. Students collect and analyze insolation to determine optimal locations of solar arrays.
* Investigating Hydroelectric Energy engages learners to examine features of USA dams using Google Earth and a GIS. Students analyze a variety of state specific data and examine important physical dam features to determine optimal locations of dam locations for energy production.
* The Isle of Navitas is the unit’s culminating activity based on a fictitious island nation named Navitas (latin for energy) for which students are tasked with creating a viable energy policy to meet the needs of its society with the least possible environmental impact. In our presentation, we will share implementation findings and present adaptations for use with diverse learners. Activity materials, assessments, and educative curriculum materials that encourage teacher and student learning will also be highlighted.

Intended audience
6-9 teachers
Date and time
01:45 PM to 02:30 PM, 2010-10-02
E-mail
Web link
http://www.naaee.org/conference
City
Buffalo
State or Province
NY
Country
USA

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