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Pacific Marine Energy Center


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Video, 3 minutes, 28 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West

Pacific Marine Energy Center

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  • This resource contains a wide array of media that outlines the goals of the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC), how it tries to achieve those goals, and the testing capabilities it has access to.
  • Students will learn that furthering multiple forms of marine energy is PMEC's main goal, and the organization is trying to achieve this goal by serving as a central hub for all the research, testing, and education that's taking place at its partner universities.
Teaching Tips


  • The video is concise, engaging, and well-produced.
  • The website is easy to navigate and filled with innovative information about renewable energy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to understand the importance of renewable energy within the context of climate change.
  • There are a number of other resources linked on this site for further exploration and background knowledge.


  • This resource could supplement a lesson where students evaluate the effectiveness of installing wave, tidal, riverine, or off-shore wind power to reduce emissions and human impacts on natural systems.
  • This resource allows students to evaluate the American government's effectiveness in addressing climate change and how the government's involvement with PMEC fits into a larger discourse about the role of regulators and public officials in solving the climate crisis.
  • Engineering and science classes can follow the links provided to further explore current research that is working to make marine energy more feasible, environmentally friendly, and efficient.
  • Have students research these solutions from Project Drawdown's Table of Solutions to estimate future carbon reductions if these types of solutions are broadly adopted.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) provides a 3.5-minute video that discusses the creation of PMEC and how important the ocean can be to realizing a carbon-neutral future. Additional links are provided on the website that discuss the capabilities of PMEC, the people involved, and the latest research being done. This resource would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about the research that is being done surrounding climate change and what organizations are involved. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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      • SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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