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Energy & Climate Materials for NSTA 2014 from PRI, its Museum of the Earth, & its Cayuga Nature Center

For the NESTA Share-a-thon

Don Haas

on 31 March 2017

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Transcript of Energy & Climate Materials for NSTA 2014 from PRI, its Museum of the Earth, & its Cayuga Nature Center

Resources for Teaching About Climate & Energy
from the Museum of the Earth
NSTA 2017
(and other emergent energy issues)
The Museum of the Earth provides scientific information about unconventional drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
In our outreach related to the Marcellus Shale, the Museum of the Earth will not take a position supporting or opposing drilling in the Marcellus Shale. A fundamental goal of our work is to provide evidence-based information and to build understanding of the science related to the Shale, the extraction techniques employed in gas recovery from the Shale, and associated environmental impacts. Project partners also help nurture understandings of the economic and cultural impacts of decisions related to Marcellus Shale development. We strive to do this work with as little bias as possible.

More information about our Marcellus Shale outreach efforts can be found here:
There’s no such thing as a free megawatt: the Marcellus Shale as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy
(an extensive Prezi)
Find it here:
Existing Electric Power Plant Units Spreadsheet (US, 2008)
The spreadsheet includes all power plants operating in the US at the end of 2008, and is color-coded by county and state. Each state has a unique combination of color, plain text, bold and italic.
Capacity, energy source, date of initial operating (plant age), unit status (operating, standby, retired…) and prime mover (i.e., type of turbine, photovoltaic, fuel cell…) are also color-coded.
More recent power plant data is also available from the Energy Information Administration website, but it is sorted by fuel source.
The Prezi links to a Google Earth file on the Marcellus Shale and other energy issues, which is also right here:
Our book!
Download a sample chapter!
Take the interactive energy quiz for
I want to teach about hydrofracking, but I don't know where to start!

Selected resources for teaching controversial issues
This TED Talk gets at some of issues related to debate in an interesting way. We'll do better in our striving to make the world a better place if we can get past the idea of argument as war and instead see argument as an avenue to learning. One thing about the argument-as-war approach is that it makes you think of the person you're talking to as an opponent. Then, you treat that person as an opponent. And, viola! They respond in kind. Really, I think it's worth ten minutes of your time.
This website has a number of protocols for different kinds of class discussions, many from Expeditionary Learning.
And, in a 66 page pdf:
This is the website for a daylong workshop on teaching controversial issues at the 2013 Geological Society of America Meeting. It includes links to presentations and related resources. The course will be offered again at this year's meeting (in October) and this page will be updated to include links to the 2014 content.
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