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View Resource How Hydropower Plants Work

Worldwide, hydropower plants produce about 24 percent of the world's electricity and supply more than 1 billion people with power. The world's hydropower plants output a combined total of 675,000 megawatts, the energy equivalent of 3.6 billion barrels of oil, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. There are more than 2,000 hydropower plants operating in the United States, making...

View Resource Energy Story

This site, presented by the California Energy Commission, is a descriptive story of what energy is and how it works in our world. The site includes simple definitions of energy and interesting pictures that help students related energy to their everyday world. There are 20 chapters, on everything from circuits to solar energy to electricity transmission systems. This is an excellent resource as...

View Resource Build a Hydro Generator

This website is a collection of hands-on resources for secondary teachers and learners on renewable energy sources. It contains lesson plans and content support on solar, wind, water, and biomass energy, plus other forms of clean energy technologies. Also included are four comprehensive high school lab guidelines for constructing a wind turbine, solar oven, water-powered electric generator,...

View Resource Energy Sources - Water Wheel Investigation

This lesson plan investigates the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy in a water wheel. Additionally, students will learn about the production of electricity through hydropower as well as the scientific process. Questions are included for students to record their observations and use critical thinking. This document may be downloaded in PDF file format.

View Resource Module 10: Hydropower for Agriculture

Eastern Iowa Community College provides this learning module to teach students the hydrologic cycle, current issues in hydropower, system components of hydropower, and a variety of related topics. Users can download a zip file in which they will find a syllabus, student handouts, a quiz, and 67 slide PowerPoint presentation.

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