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Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

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North America, United States, USA - West, New Mexico


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Green Revolution

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  • This resource includes 10 short videos from the National Science Foundation that feature interviews with scientists and engineers working on green energy solutions, including a look at New Mexico's Snowy River and Fort Stanton Cave.
  • Students will learn about green energy innovations, such as green roofs, smart grids, microbial fuel cells, wind energy, and solar energy.
Teaching Tips


  • Each video provides educator information.
  • The video host is a young female scientist.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The videos were produced in 2010, so some of the information is not up-to-date. Teachers should research each topic before showing the videos to students. 
  • Because each video focuses on a different topic, each video will require different prior knowledge.


  • Teachers can use the videos separately in lessons on climate change, energy, technology, or the carbon cycle.
  • Students could choose a video, research the topic, then present their findings to the class. Students should be sure to research developments that have occurred since the video was produced.
  • Career studies classes could use these videos to teach students about career opportunities in the fields of science and engineering. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson from MIT on climate solutions, this video on the positive effects of green roofs, and this Grist video that shows how a town could run without fossil fuels.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a link to ten videos that explore various technological solutions to address climate change issues. Topics covered include renewable energies and various "green tech" or "green revolution" concepts. The videos are engaging and well produced. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
      • MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
      • HS-ETS1-4. Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-6. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
      • HS-LS1-5. Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
      • HS-LS1-7. Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed, resulting in a net transfer of energy.
    • PS1: Matter and Its Interactions
      • MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
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