FOR EDUCATORS

Explore the unexpected connections at the heart of the energy-water nexus and discover how you and your students can conserve water and energy at school and at home.

SDG
6

Clean Water and Sanitation

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will work in small engineering design teams to investigate the challenges communities are facing with water, analyze data and determine how leaking/aging infrastructure is a problem that water, and wastewater companies must work to solve.

SDG
7

Energy Conservation Challenge

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

Students will test and estimate the power and energy consumed by several household appliances using a watt meter. Students will work in small groups, rotating among stations, to test each appliance. Students will use the data to calculate how much money they spend daily when using these appliances. Using this information, students will develop a plan to reduce their energy consumption.

SDG
11

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will work in a small group to explore and design a smart city. Students will research or brainstorm a list of ways that the internet of things can be used to decrease the amount of energy and water used, promote inclusivity, address the digital divide, monitor traffic patterns, improve safety, manage waste, an become more resilient to natural disaster.

question mark

What are SDGs?

Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

WATER CONSERVATION

Sustainability Challenge

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

Discover the relationship between energy, water and food by identifying solutions to hypothetical challenge scenarios that require them to sustainably manage both resources and waste.

Quenching The Thirst of the Future

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

Build and test a desalination plant using a thermal process approach to help students to learn how to make alternative water resources.

Improving Water Efficiency

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will view a demonstration of a water turbine in action that is made with an empty soda bottle, dowel rod, and simple straight plastic fins. When the demonstration is complete, students will be asked to think about how they could design a water wheel that can spin faster to create more energy using common materials.

Water Purity

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

This activity demonstrates methods of testing the purity of water and applying their knowledge of filtration and impurity detection to better assess how cities might improve regulating and cleaning their water.

Creating a Water Conscious Meal

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will understand how their food choices affect water availability on Earth by discovering how much water was needed to produce certain foods. Then they will create a menu designed to incorporate food that decreases water consumption.

How Much Water Does it Take?

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will be introduced to the idea that it takes water to make many of the products that we buy and use or consume every day. Often the amount of water and the way that it is used is unexpected and hidden from the consumer.

ENERGY & SMART CITIES

Smart Schools

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

Develop a hybrid school schedule and learn how in return of decreasing our carbon footprint, we also save money that goes towards gasoline.

Create a Global Energy Infographic

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will use the Global Energy Statistical Yearbook 2018 to view data about energy use around the world. They will be able to look at various types of energy use, such as oil, gas, and renewable energy, by country and compare and contrast how different countries consume energy.

Harvesting Energy in Your School

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will discover how high school science students used technology and innovation to harvest energy at their school from an act as simple as walking down the hallway. Students will be asked to think about their own school and identify ways that various types of energy, such as kinetic or heat energy, may be lost every day.

School Energy Use Mapping

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will work together to create an energy audit of their school. They will then brainstorm ways that energy could be saved or used more efficiently in each area and overall by the school.

Calculating Your Ecological Footprint

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will consider and estimate their consumption of energy used in the home, transportation, food, housing, and for goods and services, while estimating the amount of waste they generate. The goal is to identify ways they can reduce the impact that they have on Earth.

Combustion Energy Conversion

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

This activity demonstrates the conversion of energy into usable forms through a demonstration showing the conversion of potential chemical energy to heat energy. Students will discussion how to improve this process to create electrical energy.

Solar Powered Homes

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will study how solar electricity can be generated, stored, and utilized in homes. Students will be given a small solar panel to test and improve.