PREAMBLE:     The global environment and the very existance of mankind and all other living things on earth is under threat due to the use of energy through out the world.   Various energy technologies spew vast amounts of pollution or CO2 into the air or threaten human health with substances which are toxic or mutagens.   Other energy technologies are wasteful and result in vast areas of forest to be stripped bare.   Other technologies, although "environmentally friendly" are extremely expensive and will provide very little energy.   There are no perfect solutions to the world-wide energy problem.
The grade 11 physics classes will be doing group project relating to the "societal implications" of various types of fuels and/or energy sources such as:
oil natural gas
The project will focus on issues such as sustainability, environmental impact, cost and its ability to meet society's demands.   And will be a minimum of 30 minutes in length.
THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE VARIOUS ELEMENTS:
TEACHING LESSON with VISUALS and/or DISPLAY:
This will focus on providing information on the technical aspects of the type of energy and may include a labelled poster, model or a labelled computer-generated diagram projected onto a screen using the LCD projector.
This visual display is intended to accompany a brief (5 - 10 minute) discussion involving "how the technology works".   No reading from prepared notes or from PowerPoint presentation will be allowed in any form.
OPTIONAL CREATIVE / PERFORMANCE ASPECT (for bonus marks):
The group will explore the "issues" (for and against) involved in the use of their technology to solve the world's energy problems using some creative or performance element such as a puppet show, mock news report or skit. (Don, how about an interpretive dance?).   This should last about 5 - 10 minutes and is expected to involve some simple props or costumes.
The presenting group will plan and run a well-organized activity which will:
-engage all students in active learning, rather than passive listening
-test their knowledge of the content of the lesson
-create some interest
Each group will prepare a 3 - 5 mark test question (of any type) which will be used for testing purposes.
FORMAL DEBATE (Monday, November 28)
At the end, the class will discuss the issues in a formal debate, where each group will have a time to present their views and other groups will be given time for rebuttals and follow ups.   This debate will will take 1 period to complete.   A link will be posted shortly on the rules and timelines of a formal debate and the evaluation scheme.