Activity Overview: Research is a crucial part of the scientific process, and mastery of which is a turning point between passive learning and active learning. The purpose of this activity is to research and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of different primary energy resources. Primary energy resources include all unconverted or original fuels.
Time: 45 minutes, consider reserving time in the library to leverage print and digital resources in your school’s collection
Students should use a variety of resources to research the primary energy resource biomass and use the information to fill out a simple chart of advantages and disadvantages.
Evaluating the advantages and disadvantages is the first step in analyzing the tradeoffs of different energy resources.
Students can work individually or in groups to research and fill in the chart. However, they should be prepared to discuss their findings either with their groups or in front of the class.
Chapter 16: Bioenergy from Energy 101: Energy Technology & Policy provides an introduction to the different types of coal and the technologies used to leverage the resource in the energy sector. Access to Energy 101 for Texas students and teachers is provided for free by the State Energy Conservation Office as part of the Watt Watchers of Texas program.
Students should identify additional print and digital resources and evaluate them for relevance, validity, and reliability.