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Power Up for a Virtual Field Trip

This is our final Virtual Field Trip of 2020, but don't you worry!  There are more to come in 2021!

Join scientist Alex Wegmann for Powering the Planet: Renewable Energy.  We use energy to power our lives every day—to boot up our computers, fuel our cars, charge our cell phones, flick on a light switch, and in a myriad of other ways. This Virtual Field Trip explores a compelling question: How can we get the energy we need without harming nature?  By harnessing renewable sources of energy, such as sunlight and wind, scientists are finding ways to do just that. On this journey, we’ll visit the Palmyra Atoll, a wildly remote cluster of islands atop coral reefs and teeming with animal life. Scientists there have developed ways to power the entire island almost exclusively through renewable energy sources. We’ll also journey to the scorching Mojave Desert, home to rattlesnakes, tortoises, bats, and coyotes, to check out massive solar panel installations that are working to power large cities. We’ll learn about innovative methods for capturing energy that are safe, sustainable, and can change the destiny of life on our planet.

Access the teacher guide here.

Want to learn even more about renewable energy?  Try one of these books from Hoover Public Library!
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer (2012-ebook on Overdrive)
Clean and Green Energy by Colleen Hord (2011)
DK Findout: Energy by Emily Dodd (2018)
Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed their World by Allan Drummond (2011)
The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans by Elizabeth Rusch (2014)
Solar Power by Andrea Rivera (2017-ebook on Hoopla)

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