How to Use this Video
Find the video below, as well as some of the important science senses it features relating to scientific progress, and the intersections between science and society.
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Science Senses Featured in this Video
Having a sense of scale
Making progress in science
Acknowledging the intersection of science and society
Activities & Lesson Plans
This video is great for hitting number sense skills like scale and unit conversion. Assign your students a specific source of energy and have them identify where the energy comes from (breaking chemical bonds, electron movement, etc.) and how much energy can be generated per specific unit (burning a gall of oil versus the same amount of helium in a fusion reactor). If you do this topic after a food or agriculture unit, you can have students do a problem set where they compare the energy in food using Calories (which are actually kilocalories) versus another source of energy.
You can also make this lesson all about data visualization. These Sankey diagrams from Lawrence Livermore National Lab are great for discussions of how to communicate a great deal of information graphically. Have students analyze these and then make their own.
Muller RA. 2008. Ch 5: Key Energy Surprises from Physics for Future Presidents. New York: W. W. Norton. Pgs. 65-76.
Muller RA. 2012. Ch IV: What is Energy? from Energy for Future Presidents. New York: W. W. Norton. Pgs. 281-290.
OpenStax. 2015. Section 5.1: Energy basics from OpenStax: Chemistry.
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