Lesson: Geothermal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Earth

This lesson (pdf), from KQED Education, is designed for grades 4-8 and provides an overview of high heat geothermal energy as a renewable energy resource and helps students understand the role of plate tectonics in creating “hot spots” that enable us to tap into heat from inside the Earth to generate steam and electricity.

This lesson features resources that can be useful in a high school classroom as well:

A 7:36 video titled “Geothermal Heats Up” provides an introduction to high heat geothermal energy; a 10:22 minute version of the video is also available.

A NASA map of Earth’s tectonic plates can help students understand why some places on Earth are suitable for geothermal power plants while others are not.

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