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In this lesson, students learn the distinction between nonrenewable and renewable sources of energy, recognizing that wind energy is one of the primary renewable sources used today. They also learn about the concept of resource scarcity as it pertains to energy and other natural resources. Students gain a conceptual understanding of how wind is converted into electricity and can therefore provide power in a community. In science, students investigate wind as an atmospheric phenomenon in the context of Earth’s spheres. They are introduced to the engineering design process (EDP) as a structure for group problem solving and are challenged to apply the EDP to a design problem. We recommend reading Chapter 3, which is included in this book selection and provides a module overview and summary. A materials list, teacher background information, safety notes, standards, assessment, resources, and references are provided. This book selection also includes the Table of Contents, About the Editors and Authors, Acknowledgments, Appendix, and Index.
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