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Task 3: Researching Potential Thermal and Solar Energy Sources  

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Energy Sources

For this task, you will focus on energy systems that convert THERMAL or SOLAR energy into ELECTRICAL energy.

Thermal or Solar --> Electrical

Alternative Energy Sources

  • Nuclear power
  • Solar power
  • Geothermal power

Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

What information should be included?

1. Title Slide

  • Name of energy system
  • Name of region/country you have been assigned
  • Your name

2. How it Works

  • Labeled diagram of system 
  • Description of how it works with energy conversions identified
  • Identification of environmental needs of the system (i.e. reliable tides, constant sources of sunlight, etc.)

3. Pros and Cons

  • Reliability (pro OR con)
  • Economic impact: cost to build, cost to maintain (pro OR con)
  • Environmental impact (pro AND con)

4. Aesthetics

  • Google Slides are neat and attractive

5. List of Sources Used (Bibliography)


    Finding Specific Information on a Webpage

    To find specific information on a webpage, search for a specific word by using the Control and the F key.

    'Ctrl' and 'F' 





    Usernames and passwords are available in the Library Media Center.

    OR...join the Library Media Center Google Classroom (code available in the Library Media Center)

    Free Online Resources

    Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.

    • Who is providing the information?
    • Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
    • What is the purpose of the site?
    • When was the site last updated?
    • What is the possible bias?
    • Energy Kids
      U.S. Energy Information Administration
      U.S. Department of Energy
      *Forms of Energy (Potential vs. Kinetic)
      *Energy Sources (Renewable and Nonrenewable)
      *Using and Saving Energy (Basics, Homes, Industrial, Transportation and more!)
      *History of Energy (Timelines and Famous People)
    • Flying Turtle Website
      What Type of Energy Is It?
      by David E. Watson, 2010
    • Energy Transformations
      Forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed.
      by Walter Sanford (Personal Website)
      Last update - December 25, 2006
    • U.S. Energy Information Administration
      Independent Statistics & Analysis
      U.S. Energy Information Administration
      U.S. Department of Energy
      U.S. Department of Energy


    When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.

    Be responsible.

    Be honest.

    Show integrity.


    Record Bibliographic Information

    Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:

    • Author/creator
    • Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
    • Page number
    • Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
    • Publication date
    • Name of subscription database (if used)
    • Format (web, print)
    • Date of access (if found online)

    American Psychological Association (APA) style is most often used in the sciences and social sciences.


    • NoodleTools
      NoodleTools is a bibliographic software tool to assist you in creating accurate source citations in MLA and APA formats.

    Citation Resources


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