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Get Energized: Interactive Generate! Game Explores Energy Choices and Environmental Quality

This web seminar took place on October 23, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time. The presenter was Dr. Rebecca Dodder, physical scientist with the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Rebecca began this web seminar by reviewing the U.S. energy system, highlighting the flow of resources toward their most common uses - residential, commercial, industrial, and/or transportation. Rebecca introduced and discussed energy and its role in air, climate and water with consideration to data on air pollutant emission, greenhouse gas emission and water supply, use and quality. She also discussed energy usage in relation to climate change. Information was provided on "where do we go from here" in relation to energy usage, to provide background information for the game Generate! Rebecca then introduced and discussed the details on how to play the game Generate! The game considers the cost of energy - the cost to build/purchase, the cost to run/operate each year, and the cost in relation to CO2 usage. Rebecca provided additional information on how to make your own version of the game, and provided additional insight into making the game usable in your classroom. Rebecca closed the web seminar by providing additional energy resources to use in your classroom and with the game.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "It was a great refresher and as I just tested on energy, VERY relevant to what I am teaching in my classroom."
  • "The energy info overview was quick but great. I learned something!"
  • "I will be beginning a unit on energy soon and will use this information designing my lessons."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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