Global Energy Flows

High School Undergraduate Nonformal
Stand-Alone Activity

Students analyze data detailing global energy sources and sinks (uses) and construct a diagram to show the relative scale and the connections between them. Discussions of scale, historical, socio-environmental and geographic variation in this data and implications for future energy use are included.

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Earth Science


Environmental Science

Physical Science


Carbon Cycle & Climate Change

Sustainable Energy Systems

Forms of Energy, Energy Transformations, Data Analysis & Interpretation

Familiarity with renewable and non-renewable energy sources, basic physics concepts related to the transformation of energy and matter, and familiarity with the joule (J) as a unit of energy

One to two 50-minute class periods

No extra supplies required