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The school sustainability tours are developed to give students a local perspective on sustainability efforts and give them a hand-on experience on learning on the sustainable practices at the UMD Campus

ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS:

Tour of the Bagley Outdoor Classroom

A tour of the Bagley Outdoor Classroom will feature examples of energy-efficient technology, eco-friendly site-design, recycled and reclaimed materials and features for human health and comfort. The Bagley Outdoor Classroom is the only LEED Platinum-certified building at the University of MN.

How Can we generate electricity from the Sun? “Electron Excitement” Solar Game

This fun game will help explain how the energy from the sun can be used to create electricity. It will explain how photons from the sun excite electrons in a photovoltaic panel to create electricity.

Energy Sources Percentage ActivityThis activity will talk about the different energy sources available to us and in what percentages they are being used to power our daily lives. Through this activity students will learn about the energy consumption in the US and in Minnesota.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify sustainable features in the Bagley Classroom
  • Name the different sources of energy
  • Describe how energy is produced in a solar panel 

State Standards:

CONCEPTS

  • Renewable vs Nonrenewable Resources
  • Energy Efficiency in buildings
  • Electricity from Solar

STANDARDS

Suggested MN Science Standards

5.3.4.1.1 -Identify renewable and nonrenewable energy and material resources that are found in Minnesota and describe how they are used

6.2.3.2.2-Trace the changes of energy forms, including thermal, electrical, chemical, mechanical or others as energy is used in devices.

8.1.1.2.1 – Use logical reasoning and imagination to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions and models based on evidence.

8.1.3.3.2 – Understand that scientific knowledge is always changing as new technologies and information enhance observations and analysis of data.

8.1.3.3.3 – Provide examples of how advances in technology have impacted how people live, work and interact.

9.2.3.2.1 – Identify the energy forms and explain the transfers of energy involved in the operation of common devices.

9.2.4.1.1 – Compare local and global environmental and economic advantages and disadvantages of generating electricity using various sources or energy.

9.2.4.1.2 – Describe the tradeoffs involved when technological developments impact the way we use energy, natural resources, or synthetic materials.

Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence

  • Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched or misconnected. (Grades 3 – 5)
  • The output from a social or natural system can become the input to other parts of social and natural systems. (Grades 6 – 8)
  • Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems. (Grades 6 – 8)

BEFORE THE TOUR:

It is recommended that the teacher prepare the class for the tour with the following:

  • What is electricity, how is it generated?
  • How does it get to our homes?
  • What are Photo Voltaics?

ESTIMATED TIME

  • Travel time: 20 mins (From UMD bus hub to Bagley Classroom and back)
  • Introduction and Bagley Classroom Tour: 30 mins
  • Energy Sources Percentage Activity: 15 mins
  • Electron Excitement Game: 15 mins
  • Wrap up: 10 mins

HOW TO GET HERE

The DTA has frequent bus services to and from the campus throughout the day.

* The Office of Sustainability is offering a sponsorship for transportation to the first two schools to apply for the Tour for this academic school year.

ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS:

Tour of the Bagley Outdoor Classroom

A tour of the Bagley Outdoor Classroom will feature examples of energy-efficient technology, eco-friendly site-design, recycled and reclaimed materials and features for human health and comfort. The Bagley Outdoor Classroom is the only LEED Platinum-certified building at the University of MN.

How Can we generate electricity from the Sun? “Electron Excitement” Solar Game

This fun game will help explain how the energy from the sun can be used to create electricity. It will explain how photons from the sun excite electrons in a photovoltaic panel to create electricity.

Energy Sources Percentage ActivityThis activity will talk about the different energy sources available to us and in what percentages they are being used to power our daily lives. Through this activity students will learn about the energy consumption in the US and in Minnesota.

CONTACT:

Mindy Granley

7268198

sustain@d.umn.edu