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Day 3 – Water-Energy Nexus

Overarching Question

Where does your water and energy supply come from and how should we manage them for the next 100 years?

Day 3 – Water/Energy Nexus

I. Engineering to Harness Energy from the Sun

    A. Solar Thermal

         Focus Questions:

         – How can energy from the sun be used to heat water?

         – How can you calculate the amount of energy harnessed from the sun?

            LESSON: Engineering Design Process

            LESSON: Solar Camp Shower

               – Data collection and energy calculations

            LESSON: Homemade Water Heater Design Challenge

               – Iterative design using the engineering design process

               – Data collection and energy calculations

    B. Photovoltaics (PowerPoint Presentation)

         Focus Questions:

         – How can energy from the sun be used to produce electricity?

         – How can you calculate the amount of energy harnessed from the sun?

            LESSON: Pumping and Moving Water: Modeling the CAP

II. Synthesizing the Water/Energy Nexus

    A. Water/Energy Regional Case Studies

         Focus Questions:

         – How are water and energy use and production connected?

         – How can changes in sources of energy impact water use?

         – How can water sources impact energy use?

            LESSON: Water/Energy Nexus Case Studies

               – Product of learning is an infographic (either high- or low-tech)

Post-Assessment

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