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Energy Project

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Overall Curriculum Expectation

e1.  assess some of the costs and benefits associated with the production of electrical energy from renewable and non-renewable sources

e1. analyse how electrical efficiencies and savings can be achieved, through both the design of technological devices and practices in the home;

 

TO DO

1.  Select one of the 4 options.

2.  Conduct research and generate a bibliography

3.  Design and Build a model  or Construct a Map of Your Plans

4.  Write a report explain your designs or plan   or   Deliver a presentation of your Plans

 

Assigned Monday Dec 17  Work Period Mon Dec 17-Fri Dec 21  Due:  Mon Jan 7

 

Option 1: Home Design

 

Background

You are building your own home on the edge of a small town. You have several acres of property

 

Task:  Design and build a model of your new home most energy efficient home possible taking the following into consideration.

 

Describe devices that can be used to conserve energy.

Describe how homes can be designed to be more energy efficient.

Describe how appliances and lighting can be more energy efficient.

Describe how alternative energy sources could be used to decrease the house's reliance on the electrical grid.

Develop a budget for your design.

 

Discuss

What lifestyle choice people can develop that help conserve energy.  Explain why they lead to energy conservation.

How does energy conservation positively affects the environment

How will developing energy conservation affects the economy?  Can you afford it?

How do you feel about conserving energy? Is this reasonable and sustainable for Ontario Citizens?

 

Option 2: Individual Farm

 

Background

You own a 600 acres of farmland in Bluewater near Zurich.  You have several farms in the area surrounding your homestead.  You cash crop the land and have a small amount of bush. At your homestead you heat your house with an oil furnace and take your electricity off the grid.  You are considering investing in alternative energy for your home, solar microfit program  and participating in the corporate wind turbine developments in the area. You are also considering going off the grid completely and becoming self sustainable for all your electricity needs. 

 

Task :  Develop a plan for use of alternative energy on your farm.

 

You should take the following into consideration.

 

Evaluate all the options of renewable resources as they relate to the individual land owner.

Describe how the electricity generation works.

Present clearly why you did or didn’t choose to incorporate certain sources.

Develop a plan and map to show what the developments will look like.  How and where are the installations going to be made on your farm?

Consider the impacts on local community, stakeholders and the environment in your plan.

*Consider how the farm buildings could be modified to maximize energy efficiency.

Develop a budget for your plan.

 

Option 3 Provincial Government’s Plan for Sustainable Energy

 

Background Problem: The 40+ year old Pickering Nuclear Power Plant outside of Toronto provides  18 % of Ontario's electrical energy. The plant was scheduled to be decommissioned before Aug 31, 2018, 18% past its designed life but it's use has been extended despite concerns about it's maintenance..  You are part of acommittee for the provincial government designed with the task of making recommendations for how to replace the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant.

 

Task Develop a realistic and sustainable plan for the government to meet the electricity needs of the province.

 

You should take the following into consideration.

 

Evaluate all the options of renewable resources as they relate to the Province.

Describe how the electricity generation works that you choose.

Present clearly why you did or didn’t choose to incorporate certain sources.

Develop a plan and map to show what the developments will look like.  How and where are the installations going to be made?

*Consider other strategies such as conservation and more efficient use of Electricity that the Government might encourage.

Consider the impacts on community members, stakeholders and the environment in your plan.

Develop a budget for your plan.

 

 

Option 4  Urban Community Design

 

Background:  As cities and towns are expanding there is a real interest in designing more sustainable and energy efficient housing developments.  An example of what is possible is illustrated by the West 5 development in London Ontario.  See the following website; https://west5.ca/community-story/sustainability

 

Task:  Develop a realistic and sustainable plan for urban development with focusses on alternative energies, energy efficient houses and minimizing human environmental impacts.

 

 

Evaluate all the options of renewable resources as they relate to the use in an urban community.

Describe how the electricity generation works.

Present clearly why you did or didn’t choose to incorporate certain sources.

*Consider how the house is constructed to maximize energy efficiency.

Develop a plan and map to show what the developments will look like.  How and where are the installations going to be made in the development?

Consider the impacts on local community, stakeholders and the environment in your plan. Develop marking strategies to get people to buy houses in this community.

Develop a budget for your plan.

 

 

Evaluation

 

Application:     Problem Solving Rubric

Skills

4

Exemplary

3

Proficient

2

Satisfactory

1

Beginning

Evaluates solutions based on Scientific principles and  from alternative points of view


Is able to outline and thoroughly discuss many different viewpoints on the issue and is able to consider these as they pertain to the proposed solution.



Provides evidence with a high degree of effectiveness


Thorough research



Is able to outline multiple viewpoints on the issue


Provides considerable evidence



Considerable research


Is able to outline some different viewpoints on the issue


Provides some evidence


Some research demonstrated.



Has difficulty analyzing and evaluating the issue from different points of view


Provides limited evidence


Limited research demonstrated  




 

 

 

Communication Criteria

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Writing Style


or


Presentation


Thorough & in-depth ideas presented using scientific vocabulary.


Almost all of the presentation criteria.

Clearly and concisely communicated.


Many of the presentation criteria met

Some clarity of ideas presented.


Some of the presentation criteria met.

Limited clarity of ideas presented


Few of the presentation criteria met.

Model,  


or


Visual Plans

Cohesive plan communicated through creatively designed visuals or model

Mostly cohesive plan communicated through well designed visuals or model

Fairly cohesive plan communicated through neatly designed visuals or model.  Some clarification suggested.

Limited clarity in the design of visuals or model.  Clarification required.


Documenting sources

APA format


Literature cited list provided in APA format


Literature cited list provided in APA format with only minor errors


Literature cited list provided with some errors in APA format


Incomplete bibliography provided.

 

 

 

Generate a Bibliography for your research

Keep track of the web pages that you are using to do your research   Use APA format to document your sources.  Recall…    

 

Author, A. Date. Title of the article.  Retrieved; Date; from; http//.........

 

For Example:

 

McCowan, M.  2014. Alternative Energy Sources.  Retrieved Nov 3, 2014, from;http://grade9scienceshdhs.pbworks.com/w/page/75811544/FrontPage

 

Presentation Criteria

 

5-8 minute presentation to deliver the class.  

 

1. Organization Plan and script out what you are going to say what, when and how.

Plan out how you are going to organize materials/resources, where and how you are going to standBe explicit about the structure of your presentation and the points you are trying to make

 

*Include an Introduction:

Confidently introduce yourself.

Capture your audience's interest?

Use effective hooks or gimmicks.

Clear convey your purpose clearly outline what you will cover in your presentation.

 

* End with a Conclusion:

Reinforce your key points.

Leave the audience with a sense of closure.

Leave the audience with something to think about

 

2. Content: Make clear points that are supported by evidence. -provide examples -answer the how question

Demonstrate a clear understanding and make clear connections.

Use subject specific vocabulary

 

3. Delivery: Be enthusiastic, expressive and confident.

Speak naturally, clearly loudly and directly to the audience.

Make eye contactUse appropriate gestures, think about your posture, what you do with your feet, your hands?

Don’t read your notes! Refer to them occasionally. *rehearse what you are going to say

 

Use visuals including diagrams, graphics, models, posters, a slide show presentation to support their presentation.

When using Visual Aids make sure they are: Clear, neat & visually appealing

Create illustrations, diagrams or graphics to convey information or ideas where possible

When presenting text, use bullets, keep it short and sweetInteract with you visuals, refer to them directly, point things out on them

 

 

 

 

 

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