Generating electricity: Evaluating the sustainability of today's and tomorrow's energy sources

Type of Resource



In this activity, students learn about the energy sources used by their local utility provider to generate electricity, and work in small groups to evaluate the sustainability of either a renewable or non-renewable energy source used to generate electricity.

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS3-2   Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.

HS-ESS3-3   Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.

Science and Engineering Practices