What is Renewable Energy?

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Describe the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy
  • List the different types of renewable energy sources
  • Describe the co-benefits and trade-offs of renewable energy vs. non-renewable energy

Curriculum Connections


Science 7: Heat and Temperature

Science 9: Electrical Principles and Technologies

Science 30: Energy and the Environment (D1.4, D1.5k, D1.3s, D2.3k, D2.4k, D2.1sts, D2.3s, D2.4s)


Science & Technology 7: Heat in the Environment (1.2)

Science 9: The Characteristics of Electricity (Academic) (E1.2)

  • Electrical Applications (Applied) (E1.1)

Environmental Science 11: Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Changes (U/C Preparation) (B1.2)

  • Conservation of Energy (U/C Preparation) (F1.1)
  • Energy Conservation (Workplace Preparation) (D1.2)

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

Length of Activity

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • What is Renewable Energy Backgrounder

Online Lesson Format