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Designing Alternative Energy Solutions

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Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Climate change is a huge issue facing our society. Our students have expressed tremendous concerns about the global impact of the climate crisis.

As part of this learning lab, student teams are tasked with designing and prototyping an alternative energy solution for NYC.

Before embarking on their own designs, students will use the resources to learn about earlier climate campaigns, what scientists and engineers are doing today and will explore models, prototypes and solutions that are already existent.

Team Task

sara gottlieb

IBM / Energy

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

"Safe Energy" Button

National Museum of American History

Energy

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Environmental Button

National Museum of American History

Environmental Button

National Museum of American History

Making Sense Of Climate Change 5: Controlling Carbon Dioxide

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Design Process

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

Brainstorm + Prototype

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

Test + Launch

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

Solar-powered Energy Kit

National Museum of American History

Design for Solar Energy Exhibit

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

H. M. Wood Windmill Patent Model

National Museum of American History

Farmer Wind-Electric Generator Model

National Museum of American History

Smith’s Patent Model of a Windmill - 1878

National Museum of American History

General Motors 'SunRaycer'

National Museum of American History

Why Design Now?: Masdar development

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum