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Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 5 minutes, 24 seconds, CC

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Global, North America, United States

Renewable Energy: Clean Tech Solutions

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  • This video describes the many types of renewable energy available today and ways of storing renewable energy. 
  • Students will learn about concentrated solar, photovoltaics, wind power, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, and kinetic energy. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video provides some renewable energy sources and storage mechanisms that students may not have heard of before.
  • Kinetic energy tiles or generators are solutions that students may not have heard of before.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms renewable energy and nonrenewable energy.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies and economics classes when discussing the social benefits of reducing pollution from fossil fuel electricity and the use of tax funds for infrastructure projects.
  • Science and engineering classes could use this video to open a lesson about renewable energy and technological solutions that reduce fossil fuel use and reduce energy waste.
  • Other resources related to this topic include: Energizing the Future, Renewable Energy 101, and Transition to Renewable Energy Now.
Scientist Notes
The resource introduces renewable energy sources and underscores the efficacy of using clean energy which is safe for the planet. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • PS3: Energy
      • MS-PS3-5 Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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