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Unit: Non-renewable Energy: Fossil Fuels

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Grade Level: 4 (3-5)

Choose From: 2 lessons and 3 activities

Subject Areas: Earth and Space, Physical Science, Science and Technology

A pumping oil rig near the sun.
Students explore how oil is harvested from the Earth
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Summary

Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution, and the use of coal, petroleum, and natural gas has extensive and long-term impacts on the environment and society. This unit investigates fossil fuels as a non-renewable energy source. Students build an understanding of what fossil fuels are, where they are sourced, and how humans use them for energy through lessons and associated activities.

Engineering Connection

Mechanical engineers in the energy industry design power plants, which are powered by a variety of energy sources, including natural gas and coal. Renewable energy engineers are seeking alternative energy sources to provide abundant and affordable "clean" energy to sustain our energy needs and reduce our dependence on limited fossil fuel resources, which have consequences on human health and the natural environment when burned for energy.

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