Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future with 20 Projects
Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future with 20 Projects
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Series: Built It Yourself   

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Annotation: Discusses solar, wind, biofuel, hydro, and geothermal energy sources.
Genre: Economics
Catalog Number: #5812757
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Brinesh, Heather Jane,
Pages: v, 122 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-619-30360-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-619-30360-7
Dewey: 333.79
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
The amazing potential of the resources all around us ey often come in the form of sunshine, wind, and geothermal heat ke center stage in this project-based STEAM resource from the Build it Yourself series. The book is an exciting read, not just because of the future potential for alternative energy sources, but also because of the existent, real-world success stories of wind farms, hydroelectric dams, and solar panels. Potential career paths for future scientists are discussed, while easy experiments encourage reflection about readers' own consumption of energy and the size of their carbon footprints. Designed to engage, the book presents the advantages and disadvantages of a host of different energy sources and asks readers to weigh evidence and make informed decisions about which source might be best. Links to online sources couple with essential questions and writing prompts about a range of interdisciplinary topics to make this book a quality choice for both the classroom and pleasure reading.
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Gr 46 Owing to an overreliance on fossil fuels, the need for renewable energy has become urgent. Examining the benefits and trade-offs of solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, wave, and biofuel energy, this work offers information and hands-on projects. A "PS" icon (primary source) is used to indicate online resources that may be accessed through a QR code. Although these electronic materials may be helpful for additional information, they are useful only for students with smartphones or tablets. A few activity ideas to help readers further understand the concepts end each section. Some of the experiments require materials that are not easily obtainable, such as beeswax candles or heat-proof glass beakers, and the instructions are often not clear enough for younger students. With adult supervision and input, some of the activities could be appropriate for science fair or classroom projects. The illustrations, done in primary colors, help to visualize the concepts presented. VERDICT A useful addition for larger collections with students studying renewable energy sources. Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Lexile: 940L

How do we heat our homes, light our rooms, and power our cars? With energy! In 2014, the United States relied on fossil fuels for about 67 percent of its power. But as the fossil fuel supply dwindles and climate change becomes an increasingly urgent issue, individuals, businesses, and governments are expanding their sources of renewable energy, including solar, wind, biofuel, hydro, and geothermal. In Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future , readers ages 9 to 12 learn about these renewable energy sources and discover how sunshine can be used to power light bulbs and how the earth's natural heat can be used to warm our houses. Young readers weigh the pros and cons of different energy sources and make their own informed opinions about which resources are the best choices for different uses. Renewable energy industries provide a booming field for future scientists and engineers. This book shows kids these future jobs and gets them excited about contributing to a world run on clean energy. Hands-on projects, essential questions, links to online primary sources, and science-minded prompts to think more about energy, the environment, and the repercussions of our choices make this book a key addition to classrooms and libraries.


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