Energy Awareness Quiz

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Energy Basics


Students will identify their level of knowledge about energy issues and calculate the CO2 emissions caused by their lifestyles. They will then formulate a plan to reduce and/or counteract their emissions. Class discussion follows on issues involved with energy use in the United States and other countries and our role in climate change.


Math, Social Studies

Plan Time

One class period


Handouts included; calculators


National Standards: 9-12

  • SEC-A: 2.d. Mathematics is essential in scientific inquiry.
  • SEC-C: 4.c. Humans modify ecosystems as a result of population growth, technology, and consumption. Human destruction of habitats through harvesting, pollution, atmospheric changes, and other factors is threatening global stability, and if not addressed, ecosystems will be irreversibly affected.
  • SEC-F: 4.a. Natural ecosystems provide an array of basic processes that affect humans. Those processes include maintenance of the quality of the atmosphere, generation of soils, control of the hydrologic cycle, disposal of wastes, and recycling of nutrients. Humans are changing many of these basic processes, and the changes may be detrimental to humans.
  • SEC-F: 5.d. Natural and human-induced hazards present the need for humans to assess potential danger and risk. Many changes in the environment designed by humans bring benefits to society, as well as cause risks. Students should understand the costs and trade-offs of various hazards––ranging from those with minor risk to a few people to major catastrophes with major risk to many people.
  • SEC-G: 1.c. Scientists are influenced by societal, cultural, and personal beliefs and ways of viewing the world. Science is not separate from society, but a part of it.

National Energy Foundation

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