High-Adventure Science
What are our choices for supplying energy for the future?

Electricity is generated from many different energy sources. All energy sources have detrimental effects on the environment. In this module, students explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity. A particular focus is given to natural gas extracted from shale formations through the hydraulic fracturing process.

At the end of the module, students will be able to compare the relative costs and benefits (abundance, ecological impacts, etc.) of different sources used for generating electricity.

Teacher resources for this unit include a Teacher Edition of the module, with links to supplemental background materials, teacher tips, exemplar answers, discussion questions and sense-making activities, as well as a real-time dashboard.

To prepare to use this module with students, first run the Teacher Edition. The Teacher Edition adds a layer of teacher tips to the student version of the module, providing you with in-depth support and classroom support materials. By the end of the Teacher Edition, you will be familiar with the curriculum and uncertainty-infused scientific argumentation. We also encourage you to read all of the documents provided in the Teacher Resources section below.

Assignable student materials below

What are our choices for supplying energy for the future?

Unit Includes

  • Teacher Edition
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Pre- and Post-Tests

Teacher Resources

Theory & Background

Introduction to High-Adventure Science
Learn about using real-world data and computer-based models to explore big unanswered scientific questions.

Teaching with Online Materials
Information about using computer-based curricula.

Teacher Dashboard Guide
How to get started with the Teacher Dashboard: view student work in real time. (Watch How To Video)

Learning Goals & Assessment

Standards Alignments for What are our choices for supplying energy for the future?
NGSS and NSES alignments.

Scoring Scientific Arguments within High-Adventure Science
Generic rubric for scoring scientific arguments.

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