Introduction to Hydro Energy

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Describe how flowing water can be converted into electricity
  • Describe the benefits of water power as a renewable energy source and compare it to non-renewable energy sources
  • List the co-benefits and tradeoffs of micro hydro power vs. large hydro power systems

Curriculum Connections


Science 24: Understanding Common Energy Conversion Systems
Science 20-4: Understanding Common Energy Conversion Systems
Science 30: Energy and the Environment (D1.4, D1.5k, D1.3s, D2.3k, D2.4k, D2.1sts, D2.3s, D2.4s)

Science & Technology 6: Electricity and Electrical Devices (1.1)
Science 9: The Characteristics of Electricity (Academic) (E1.2)
  • Electrical Applications (Applied) (E1.1)

Chemistry 12: Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction (D1.1)

Length of Activity

1 hour

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Introduction to Hydro Energy Backgrounder

Online Lesson Format