San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
Energy Conversion and Conservation
25.171.1 - 25.171.11
An Interactive K-12 Engineering Curriculum Development on Renewable Sources and Energy Storage and in Power SystemsThe success of modernization of the U.S. electrical grid depends on research,engineering, and policy, but also, on the education and acceptance of electricityconsumers. In this paper, we introduce our work in K-12 power engineering educationfocusing on fundamental concepts related to renewable resources and energy storage. Thecurriculum aims to provide information about the importance and workings of currentand future electricity generation and delivery systems and to engage students who maypursue careers in related industries.New sets of interactive lessons in wind and storage have been developed to introduceconcepts such as the benefits of combining energy storage with wind generation and theeffects of changes in consumption patterns. A simulation system (see Fig. 1) has beendeveloped to help students understand some of the complexities inherent in running thepower grid of the future. The lessons cover a variety of topics related to the interaction ofwind, storage, and transmission; for example, the dependence of demand profile oncustomer types, significant effect of wind on the system costs and CO2 emissions, theimpact of storage on transmission capacity of renewable energies, etc.The course materials have been used successfully in classrooms and in community eventsthroughout the nation. During the past year, there were over 24,000 visits to the websitesassociated with the curriculum. Teachers from several states have adopted the materialsfor their classes. Power utilities and environmental groups are also interested in ourmaterials for customer education. The free accessibility of the materials is a key aspect ofthis work.This paper describes a detailed description of the development of middle school levelcurriculum materials related to renewable energy resources and electricity storage. Itprovides examples of the materials and discusses the major engineering conceptsassociated with them. We also discuss our continuing efforts to disseminate thesematerials to educators around the world and future plans for both development anddissemination.Fig. 1 Simulation environment for wind and storage interactive lessons.
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