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  1. 1. theHoustonMuseumofnaturalscience Wiess Energy Hall Curriculum Underwritten by Devon Energy Corporation Chemistry Post Activites Have students combine their study of chemistry with their study of the Wiess Energy Hall by using the following illustration. They can research each element and find its uses in industry today. Eight elements, (see chart on left below), make up 99 per cent of the Earth’s crust. Note how rare many industrial metals are. Timeline Create a timeline on energy sources throughout time. The timeline at the Web site below presents the information by energy source that the students can transfer to one timeline. http://www3.iptv.org/exploremore/energy/Energy_In_Depth/sections/timeline.cfm Comparing Energy Types 1 5/19/2010 Developed by the Houston Museum of natural science. All rights reserved
  2. 2. Have students research the types of fuels used in the Unites States today and create a pie graph to illustrate what per cent of each type of fuel is used. The Web site below has information that students can use to compare consumption of types of energy. http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/uses/consumption.html Conservation: Saving for our Future http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/ http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/ Interactive Energy Calculator: http://www.infinitepower.org/calculators.htm Alternative Energy Sources One of the most important conclusions the students may reach from their visit to the Energy Hall is that the world desperately needs to develop renewable energy sources. As a class discussion, create a list of criteria that can be used to evaluate an energy source. Be sure to discuss problems such as availability of resources needed, pollution and costs. The students then research different types of energy and choose which one they feel would be the most efficient. Then form groups with other students who chose the same type of energy source. The groups can continue their research and create a presentation for the class to convince them to choose their type of energy as the best. The students can create an imaginary company to sell that energy, or contact a company already developing that source and see how it is marketed. The students may evaluate this marketing to determine the validity of the information presented by that company. The students may combine this assignment with their Languages Arts class in order to practice giving effective presentations. The Web sites below are an excellent source of information. http://library.thinkquest.org/20331/types/ http://www3.iptv.org/exploremore/energy/ http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/sources/whatsenergy.html http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/Mod1/Syllabus.htm http://www.fi.edu/guide/hughes/renewables.html The charts below can be used by the students to observe where our energy comes from and where it is used. Have the students create fractions out of the per cents given. The charts below can be used by the students to observe where our energy comes from and where it is used. Have the students create fractions out of the per cents given. 2 5/19/2010 Developed by the Houston Museum of natural science. All rights reserved
  3. 3. The graph below shows U.S. energy consumption: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/mer/pdf/pages/sec2_2.pdf 3 5/19/2010 Developed by the Houston Museum of natural science. All rights reserved
  4. 4. The following site has a great deal of information about energy. The students can use the information to compare types of fuel, consumption by state and environmental effects and forecasts. http://www.eia.doe.gov/ Write a letter to your congressman to convince him/her that the federal government should spend money on the alternative energy source of your choice to lessen America’s dependence on oil. You may find the name and address of your representative at http://www.house.gov/writerep/ and the name and address of your senator at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=TX. Dr. Peter Strasser at the University of Houston is an expert on hydrogen energy. Write a letter to Dr. Strasser. Ask him for information about the future of hydrogen energy and what students might do to become involved. Dr. Peter Strasser Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering University of Houston S222 Engineering Bldg. 1 Houston, TX 77204-4004 4 5/19/2010 Developed by the Houston Museum of natural science. All rights reserved
  5. 5. Map Study Have the students evaluate the map, Oil And Natural Gas Production in the United States to answer questions below: 1. Name the areas in the U.S. where the most oil and gas are found. 2. What body of water do you think is explored the most for oil and gas? 3. Throughout most of time, Texas was underwater. How can you determine this from the map? 4. About what percent of the wells drilled do not produce oil or gas? 5.Compare this map to the movie you saw at the Museum, Texas: The Underground Story. Does this map reinforce what you saw in the movie? Why or why not? 5 5/19/2010 Developed by the Houston Museum of natural science. All rights reserved
  6. 6. The chart below can be used to compare energy in various forms. It is from the Web site below: http://ippex.pppl.gov/interactive/energy/Vast_Scale_of_Energy.HTML The Vast Scale of Energy Calories Kinetic Energy per molecule per 0.000000000000000000000003 degrees C Kinetic Energy of a slow neutron 0.000000000000000000382 Fly push up 0.0000000238 Boil away 1 gram of water 539 1 gram of water at earth's escape 15000 velocity Food energy in 1 twinkie 300000 Food energy burned by a person in 2390000 a day Average energy use per day by US 206000000 citizen Energy in 1 barrel of crude oil 3410000000 Fusion energy released by 1 gram 81200000000 of fuel Energy uses by world's population 206000000000000000 in a day Energy of a strong earthquake 23900000000000000000 Solar energy hitting earth in a 1300000000000000000000000 year Total energy put out by the sun in 71700000000000000000000000000000 a year KE of translational of the Earth in 6140000000000000000000000000000000 its orbit Total energy put out by our galaxy 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 in a year Note that these values are not meant to be accurate to more than 3 significant digits. The order of magnitude is more to the point. 6 5/19/2010 Developed by the Houston Museum of natural science. All rights reserved

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